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  • Day3

    Beijing riverside hotel

    March 26, 2018 in China ⋅ 🌙 12 °C

    After a good flight with surprisingly good airplane food, we arrived at Beijing airport. Though the airplane touched down at 3:50 pm, because the airport is so big, we finally got on our bus at 5:30. The immigration line and customs lines are very efficient and move the thousands of people and their luggage with ease. We were met by a Sinorama guide named Risa who will stay with us for the whole
    Two weeks. The hotel is on the opposite side of the city from the airport so the drive took 90 minutes even though it was a Sunday evening. We met our tour mates who are all Canadian and will add a couple of Australians tomorrow. Beautiful hotel and room and after a bit of preparing for tomorrow’s busy day, the pillow beckoned. No Facebook or Instagram here so if you have made an account on FindPenguins this will be the only place you will be able to follow our travels.
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  • Day3

    Summer Palace and the Great Wall

    March 26, 2018 in China ⋅ 🌙 15 °C

    We have been on the road and on our feet for 13 hours today. My Fitbit says I walked over 17,000 steps. We visited these two places today because the Forbidden City is closed on Mondays. We will go there tomorrow as well as Tiananmen Square. The Summer Palace was a favourite of the Empress nicknamed the Dragon Lady because she positioned herself as the power behind the throne after she was the only concubine to produce a son for the Emperor. Of course her husband died and her son at 9 years old became the ruler with her actually making the decisions. When her son died at 19, she appointed her sister’s son as Emperor. He was only 3! We walked along part of an outdoor corridor that is 750m long. The mountains provide a beautiful backdrop for this extravagant site. Next we were driven to a restaurant that seats about 1000 people. It is the closest restaurant to the Great Wall that is any good. We walked up to the first lookout tower that Vic’s Fitbit says is 500 feet above our starting point. The steps are very uneven and I was glad to have taken my mom’s walking sticks along. Going up was easier than going down as sometimes the step was two feet tall. No wonder it is one of the ancient wonders of the world. We went to the downtown shopping district where they have stores like Prada and 7/11 and Armani and an alley where you can find snacks like fried scorpion and candies fruit and sausages and shrimp. It was suggested that we not eat the street food as our guide wanted us to remain healthy. Good thing we had rewarded ourselves with an ice cream because dinner wasn’t until 7:30. Once again it was eight to ten dishes served on a lazy Susan with white rice and a flavourless consommé. Real Chinese food is certainly less flavourful from what we are used to eating at home. The drive home was past Tiananmen Square at night with a large police presence. Downtown Beijing buildings are lit up like it was Christmas. Looking forward to a great night’s sleep.Read more

    Mary Penner

    Nice photo!

  • Day2

    Beijing Street Food

    March 26, 2018 in China ⋅ 🌙 15 °C

    Monday night we walked along a narrow street that is famous for its street food. From fried scorpions on a stick to octopus on a stick you can get it all. Lots of different smells, some rather obnoxious but very interesting.Read more

  • Day2


    March 26, 2018 in China ⋅ 🌙 10 °C

    Just arrived in Beijing last evening. Long travel day but all flights were good. Eleven hour flight from Vancouver to Beijing is a marathon without a chance to nap. After experiencing the unhealthy air quality in Beijing for just a short while one really appreciates our clean air in Canada. I can’t imagine living her long term and having to put up with it. Constant smell of thick industrial pollutants is annoying let alone the havoc it creates on your respiratory system. One surprising observation on the 90 minute trip from the airport to the hotel was the lack of advertising along the way. We are accustomed to a proliferation of media along our roadways but here there is virtually none. It’s actually refreshing among the haze of polluted air. I commented to my fellow travelers that it is like what we experience during forest fire season. Haze and a red sun but the air is thick. The aerial picture is taken as we fly over the Bearing Strait. Food on the plane, well let’s just say it was plane food.Read more

    Mary Penner



    Interesting! Looks like chicken, pasta, with sauce or a gravy, Swiss Chard, a carrot and a bean. What's white a green stuff? Roll, jougart and a slice of cake. Erna


    Is this the future? Man eating robot? Just kidding.....Erna

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  • Day13

    Last Night in Beijing

    April 6, 2018 in China ⋅ 🌙 6 °C

    Arrived in Beijing train station at 9:30pm. Another 45 minute bus ride to the hotel. Departing tomorrow at 10:30 am for the airport to go home. Had a great vacation but looking forward to returning to a slower pace.Read more

  • Day2

    Great Wall etc

    March 26, 2018 in China ⋅ 🌙 9 °C

    Going to be a great day weather wise except the air quality. Heading to the Great Wall today. Who would have thought, rollkuchen and arbooze for breakfast in Beijing.

  • Day2

    Great Wall Climb

    March 26, 2018 in China ⋅ 🌙 15 °C

    Climbed a two mile stretch of the Great Wall of China that changed elevation by 500 feet. Just the climb was tough so can you imagine what it would have been like to have constructed it!

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Dongheyan, 东河沿