Xian to Beijing
It was a 14 hour train ride from Xian to Beijing. The sleeping ticket cost about 50 dollars, while the sitting ticket cost say 25 dollars, mind you this was in 2013. I got the sleeping ticket for going to beijing and the sitting ticket for my return trip.
My friends had booked their tickets in such a way that they flew in to Xian, but departed from Beijing, really good technique to help you see both cities. Since I had a few days left and some spare money, I followed them to Beijing for 5 days. I stayed at a friend’s for the whole time, so I didnt have to worry about accommodation.
Since Beijing was never in my plan, I was still a bit short of money, however that didn’t stop me from seeing a few places, which I’ll be sharing with you below.
Sight seeing in Beijing
The first place we visited was the Forbidden City, and then the Tianamen Square which is just a few minutes walking from the forbidden city.
The forbidden city was the imperial Palace, home of the emperor of China. It got its name from the fact that without the emperor’s permission, no one was allowed to go in or out. It was really great going around the city, the various sections and palaces. I think its great to take your time while visiting the forbidden palace, even without a tour guide, there are signposts explaining a few buildings and symbols and the architecture and design of the palaces which camera fails to show was just wow!
All these are as seen in the forbidden palace
Next up was the Summer Palace, beautiful place, really, in my opinion it was prettier than the forbidden palace.
The summer palace has a lot of history to it, if you’re someone with an interest in Chinese history, it’ll be fun learning more about it. While at the summer palace, if you have some extra money, you can ride a boat/cruise on the lake. Also we could climb to the very top of some buildings from where we could see amazing views of the city.
Random fact: Did you know that China is the world’s most populous nation. I bet you did.
How about this? Did you know that majority of the tourists in China are Chinese people. 😉
Next place we went sightseeing was the Beijing zoo. FOR THE PANDAS. And we didn’t regret it, since we couldn’t get a ticket just to see the Panda, we ended up seeing all the animals and boy, were they many. But yes, The Panda was the highlight. It moved, it walked, it ran, it ate, it was so exciting. Aren’t we annoyed when we go to see animals at the zoo, only to see them sleeping, oh that was Panda day for me!
I also saw a Polar bear for the first time, they also have that In nyireghaza zoo, Hungary.
We went to about four markets while in Beijing, I only remember correctly the Silk Street market. My proudest moment was when a ceramics trader, told me I knew how to bargain, haha.
In my last week in China, I had exactly about a 150 dollars left on me. With that, I bought my to and fro ticket to Beijing and I could visit these few places, move around, feed and still get souvenirs, did we go to a Karaoke bar in Beijing, I don’t quite remember? Fortunately accommodation was taken care of.With proper planning and budgeting, you can travel anywhere.
Back to Xian
I had 10 dollars on me going back to Xian, quite risky eh, I freshened up at a friend’s place after arrival and went straight to the airport where I spent the night and took my flight the next day. That’s it dear friends about my time my last days in China. There’s still so much I didn’t see. Hopefully I can visit again in the nearest future, maybe then I’ll sneak a peek into Shanghai.
thanks for reading 🙂