“If you think adventure is dangerous, try routine, it is lethal.” Paulo Coelho
I’m trying to hammer out posts about my time in China, and it’s proving harder than I thought it would be. My apologies if these posts are kind of long and boring.
During my last couple of days in Beijing, I went to 2 places before heading to the airport. The first place I went to was the Summer Palace. It was pretty much just once giant park with a couple of historical buildings in it. I must admit it was pretty cool walking along paths that emperors used to walk on. Oh, and it’s also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
It was so peaceful inside the park, and since I went at night, there weren’t that many people there (but a buttload of mosquitos- I was bitten like a million times). Ok so maybe not that peaceful, there were a ton of cicadas buzzing. But none of the sounds of traffic that you would usually hear so that was a major plus. Wandering around the lack was really nice, especially after a big meal.
There was this one bridge that was SUPER steep but it made for a great photo-op.
The second place I went to was Nanluoguxiang. It was a bunch of small stores along this tiny street. For those of you that read my posts on Shanghai, it was like Tian Zi Fang. I’m so proud of myself because I actually took public transportation by myself! It may not sound like much but I don’t know how to read Chinese. So my bus ride to the subway, then the subway ride there (I had to change trains too) was an achievement to me. The subway station had this cool wall decal with tiny containers holding different tokens and pictures was pretty cool. I just had to stop and take a picture.When I stepped out of the subway station, I was immediately surrounded by tiny stalls and stores selling anything and everything. I bought a green tea and lime iced tea to sip on while I strolled along the street and in my cup, there was literally a whole lime. It wasn’t even cut apart or anything, just a whole lime.
In Nanluoguxiang, there was a shop selling rose cakes (I’ve recently become obsessed with anything rose flavoured) and I just had to buy one. They weren’t giant cakes, but rather tiny pastry’s. They were warm and flaky and the inside was sweet and just perfect. They were so good I actually went back to buy more to take home.
My time in Beijing was short- only 10 days- but I was pretty satisfied with the places I went and the things I saw (and ate). Beijing is pretty magical, and I’d recommend visiting it at least once in your lifetime!
Till next time.