The summer palace is one of the most popular tourist spots in Beijing, and for good reason - its beautiful lakeside location and architecture are well worth a visit. However, what many visitors don't realise is that this is only a part of the original 1750s palace and in reality much newer, being almost completely … Continue reading Beijing’s old summer palace ruins
One of the largest parks in Beijing's city centre, Beihai Park is a popular local hangout and tourist spot. It was established in the Jin Dynasty as an Imperial Palace - used for relaxing, handling important government affairs and sacrificing for the emperors.The park surrounds a large lake, on which visitors can explore a small … Continue reading Beihai Park
Conveniently located next to the Forbidden City, this lovely park in central Beijing consists of various pagodas, statues and rocks centred around the Alter of Land and Grain. It made a lovely break from the busy city, with some nice places to sit and relax.There was an interesting section consisting of a wall of fish … Continue reading Zhongshan Park
I usually love science museums, recently visiting the one in London for what must be the tenth time. The Beijing Science Museum was for me unfortunately a bit of a let down though, for several reasons.The museum covers a broad range of topics, with exhibitions on everything from space to green energy. Herein though for … Continue reading Beijing Science Museum
A popular sight in Beijing, the birds nest stadium was the landmark setting of the 2008 Olympic Games. I have to admit there's not an awful lot to actually do here, just look at the interesting architecture and take some photos!It was particularly pretty lit up in the evening, with lights on all the buildings!
This highly restored section of the Great Wall is popular with tour groups, probably due to its close proximity to Beijing. It forms a circular route in and around a ravine, with beautiful scenery on all sides.I chose to walk the western half of the route, which seemed to be much less popular (and hence … Continue reading Juyongguan Great Wall
After exploring the Beijing science museum, I had a few hours to spare wandering around the nearby area. I headed north to the Olympic Forest Park to explore.This park is absolutely HUGE - judging by the map you could easily spend all day wandering around and not retrace your steps at all! I only spent … Continue reading Olympic Forest Park