Beijing Wrap Up

After a rocky beginning, my time in Beijing has quickly become one of the highlights of my trip so far. The city has so much to offer for the tourist. Great food, amazing historic buildings, beautiful parks, and activities out the wazoo. All in all, I spent a week here, split into two parts, and I still feel like I only scraped the surface of the many things to do.

Besides the must-sees the city has to offer (Forbidden City, Summer Palace, Temple of Heaven, Tienamen square), I also got to do a little less touristy stuff. Yesterday, I hopped on the subway to head out west of town in search of a few geocaches (mission accomplished, BTW). The subway stopped right outside the international sculpture garden, so I thought, "Why not?". Well, I'm so glad because it was a great time. The weather was perfect for just strolling through the beautifully kept grounds looking at the sculpture collection (most of which was hardly international).

I am sorry to say that I leave Beijing this afternoon. I trust that I will visit again someday. There is still so much to see, and with the way the city is changing, there will be that much more to see next time. I recommend that if you are ever thinking of a travel destination, don't rule out Beijing.

"Next?", you ask. Well, I board a 25 hour train bound for Chongqing. I've got a couple of good books and am ready for some relax time, albeit forced relaxation. Chongqing is the typical launching spot for a cruise boat trip down the Yangtze River. We'll see what I can find on a last minute basis.
Tuesday October 31 2006File under: China, travel

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on Tue 31st Oct, 2006 04:58 am UTC Mom said:
Now, would that Yangtze cruise be on the Princess Line?
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on Tue 31st Oct, 2006 07:54 pm UTC Saxtor said:
BJ loves the Yangtze pork they sell at Safeway. You should have some while there, and tell him how it is!

And since Wren didn't provide links to his cache finds, here's his page which includes the 4 he found in Beijing.
http://www.geocaching.com/seek/nearest.aspx?ul=credenza&submit4=Go
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on Wed 01st Nov, 2006 02:17 pm UTC trista said:
good work, Saxtor. Without the link he gets no credenza. You always got his backend.
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on Wed 01st Nov, 2006 04:07 pm UTC jule said:
finally, another back end joke! Nice one Trista, I thought I was alone on that one.
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on Wed 01st Nov, 2006 08:19 pm UTC Andrew (or am I Jule?) said:
oh Jule. You are never alone at Wren's back-end!
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on Wed 01st Nov, 2006 08:31 pm UTC trista said:
no worries Jule, i got your back end.
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on Thu 02nd Nov, 2006 06:56 am UTC Saxtor said:
I may have been singled out as being obsessed with Wren's backend, but it's Wren who is obsessed with his gusseted crotch.
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on Thu 02nd Nov, 2006 06:19 pm UTC Zeppeki said:
Wren, how do you determine where you are going next? Do you throw a dart at a map?
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on Fri 03rd Nov, 2006 03:31 am UTC Jule said:
Those gusseted crotches are wonderful, they hardly ever blow out. Unlike his backend! was that inappropriate. I guess if I have to ask...
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