The Summer Palace In Sub-Zero Winter

Friday, our penultimate full day in Beijing was spent visiting the remaining sight recommended to us; the Summer Palace. Not too dissimilar to the Temple of Heaven or the Forbidden City, it’s a grand site with plenty of temples, impressive architecture and vast amounts of frozen water. Most of which had people ice skating on,…

Another Quiet Day In Beijing

As we found ourselves stuck in Beijing for a few days longer than expected we have just slowed things down and visited sights at our own pace. Most of Thursday morning was spent walking around the city taking in the everyday sights of the Chinese going about their day to day business. We stopped at…

Not Just Any Temple, But The Temple Of Heaven!

Another day in Beijing for us, so we thought we would visit one of the many temples on offer. The Temple of Heaven is a huge site with gardens & temples within it’s walled grounds. A lot like the Forbidden City but bigger and better as this place was built to please the Gods rather…

Three Days In & Already a Change of Plans

Wow, having been here for 3 days, we have already had a major change of plans for our time in China. We were supposed to be heading off today to our next stop in China; to Xi’an to see the Terracota Warriors, then after that to Shanghai for a couple of days. Unfortunately, with the…

Two From Wales Land in Beijing

Well we made it, after a pretty uneventful flight (apart from facing the possibility of sitting 7 rows apart on the 9 hour flight, which fortunately didn’t happen thanks to the staff at Heathrow), in to what must be the coldest place on Earth! Landing at midday, the pilot kindly told us it was -8…