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Sleeper Train Beijing to Xi’an

I’m going to make a video about this with a lot more detail, but I wanted to post here with some pictures too. We took a sleeper train from Beijing to Xi’an. The trip took about 11 hours. We left at a little before 9pm and arrived in Xi’an around 8am this morning. Beijing West was a confusing madhouse. There were so many people sitting around in what we thought was our waiting room. Announcements were made in Chinese, it seemed like platforms were being switched, and we started just looking for other tourists to follow. But nobody really knew…

Forbidden City Guide

I have been wanting to come here for years. Ever since I heard about it over a decade ago. I was beyond excited to go in, and honestly very disappointed once we got in. 🙁 The complex is massive. Like ridiculously big. We looked up plans and maps and self-guided walking tours through the complex, so we had a plan. But very soon after entering, we realized that our plan was worthless. Before entering, you just file in with all the other people. You have to enter from the south, above Tiananmen Square. This is what you’ll see, with a…

The Great Wall of China – Mutianyu

This post is mostly pictures (woohoo!), some comments and one tip. The Wall is of course interesting in itself, but the more interesting story is how we got here. You can find it [here]. Like I said in the other post, we specifically chose to be in Beijing in late October so we could be at the Great Wall for Brian’s birthday. I’m pretty sure he enjoyed it 😉 I’ve never considered that you have to hike up to the Great Wall. I know now that you do. It does make sense. After all, the Great Wall is on a mountain. Not…

Getting to the Great Wall of China – Mutianyu

We deliberately planned to be in Beijing, on specifically the 30th to be able to celebrate Brian’s birthday on the Great Wall. Overall, it was a fantastic day. There are two major sections of the wall (best restored) that most people visit: Badaling and Mutianyu. We opted for Mutianyu because we read it was the most beautiful during fall. It was. This post is about how we got to Mutinayu. [The rest of the day can be found here.] It’s worth an entire blog post, I promise. Unless you want to read a novel about the Great Wall – the…

Beijing Summer Palace

Beijing’s subway system is amazing. Just 2 yuan per ride, as far as you want to go. That’s about 33 cents. And you can take it far. Today, we took it all the way to the Summer Palace. It was fun to explore. The grounds are enormous, and basically divided into two sections: the hill and the lake. The hill is more formally called the Longevity Hill. The palace and several temples and halls are placed all over the hill and provide amazing viewpoints of the surrounding area. The lake is encircled by a path with bridges and towers and…