Beihai Park

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

Juyongguan Great Wall

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

Tianlongshan Grottoes

The Tianlongshan (heavenly dragon mountain) grottoes are located 40 km from Taiyuan. To get here, we took a bus to Qingxu and then negotiated for a private car to do the round trip up the mountain for 200 RMB, including the entrance ticket. We were driven to the top of the scenic area, from where … Continue reading Tianlongshan Grottoes

The Monument of Asenevci and Sveta Gora Hill

Built in 1985 to celebrate 800 years after the rebellion of Asen and Peter, this monument dominates the landscape. Most of the old town curves around this bend of the river, focusing in on this particular spot - in fact, we had a great view from the restaurant where we stopped for dinner.The monument itself … Continue reading The Monument of Asenevci and Sveta Gora Hill