13.08.2011 - 17.08.2011 32 °C
The land of plenty. A minibus introduced us to the backstreets of Beijing railway Station to take us to the Novotel - airconditioning and a welcome return to free wifi. Tiredness was setting in for the home stretch. However, we walked to the Oriental Plaza to enjoy japanese fast food - very yummy - before facing Wangfujing and the Night Food market. Good thing we had already eaten. However the rain caught us and we were suitably drenched. Not too much better on our first full day as we went to the Temple of Heaven and stumbled upon a great Hot pot restaurant at the South Gate. Suitably fed we walked and walked and found the museum we wanted to visit was closed! So Tianenmen Square it was where the locals wanted to be photographed next to some of us, and we photographed them.
The obligatory trip to the Great Wall was enjoyable, but there's now a new cable car service that takes you further up the climb, and so it's even harder to find a quiet area. Thank goodness we were early during the day as it was very sunny and hot.
While an interesting excursion, the TV tower offered great views, but the buffet was outrageously expensive (we declined) and the exit was frustrating as we were not allowed to take the lift straight to the ground floor but forced to view the different floors.