Where the Great Wall meets the sea

Top of every traveller to China's bucket list is the Great Wall, and it evokes such strong emotions as you learn about the history, battles (actually not so many of those as it turns out...) and decline of this amazing feat of human engineering. There are various popular sites to visit the wall, from Badaling … Continue reading Where the Great Wall meets the sea


Shanhaiguan City Wall – Yingen Tower

Early in my first morning at Shanhaiguan, I wandered to the western portion of the city wall to explore the Yingen Tower. Sadly I was actually too early to climb up the tower (although see below for a sneaky photo through the railings...) but instead enjoyed a lovely walk along the outside of the city … Continue reading Shanhaiguan City Wall – Yingen Tower

Chengde Riverside Walk

I took the bus from Chengde to the South Bus Station, nearby which there was a lovely walk along the river - perfect for a relaxed stroll to pass half an hour. The path meanders along the riverbank, passing by several monuments, a kids play park and even an exercise area with pull-up bars and … Continue reading Chengde Riverside Walk

Sledgehammer Peak National Forest Park Scenic Area

After spending half an hour or so exploring the lovely Pule Temple, we walked up the path behind it into the Sledgehammer Peak Scenic Area. This is essentially a large, forest-covered hill with an unusually shaped rock at the top, apparently a great spot to enjoy the sunset. There is apparently a cable car to … Continue reading Sledgehammer Peak National Forest Park Scenic Area

Pingyao Ancient Town

Around a days travel by train from Beijing (via Taiyuan, which I visited previously), Pingyao is a fantastically well preserved ancient walled town and well worth a visit. While the town is full of small sights and temples, actually the main attraction is just exploring and getting lost among its narrow streets. With that in … Continue reading Pingyao Ancient Town

Beijing Old City Wall

Like many Chinese cities, Beijing was once protected by a city wall. Time and development however have destroyed most of it, but there is a small remaining section in a small park by the Beijing Railway Station. While the park itself is free to wander around and admire the remains of the wall, you can … Continue reading Beijing Old City Wall

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