Most people have a list in their heads of the kind of cities they want to visit before their days are over. Some popular choices are Barcelona, London, Milan, Rome, New York, Sydney, etc. Do you think much about other options? Ones which are further away? If not, it’s time to think about it!
China is a country which is literally huge, the most populated country in the world, but it is also a city which is so shrouded in mystery, that people can be a little worried about visiting. There really is no reason to think along these lines, as the Chinese cities are welcoming, vibrant, and downright fantastic places to check out.
Beijing is of course the country’s capital, and here you can enjoy modern day amenities, whilst also enjoying history in ways you probably never dreamed of.
Think huge shopping malls, frenetically busy roads, nightlife which is loud and colourful, whilst also quiet and sophisticated in other areas, and temples and history which dates back to some of the most interesting dynasties around.
Beijing however is not the easiest city to get around, not because of a lack of public transport, far from it, but more because of the large distances between attractions. The airport is also a little out of the main areas to visit, and this means that you need to give some thought to how you’re going to get from the airport into the city itself. One way you might not have thought of is to hire a limo. Yes, really! Hiring a limo means you get from A to B in real style, and the cost is much lower than you might think. On top of this, you also get there much quicker this way than you would do by taking public transport.
Once in the city, are you going to follow the tourist trail, or are you going to go on your own steam? Well, whilst it’s an admirable trait to want to go off the beaten track, if you do that, you’re likely to miss out on some good stuff. The Forbidden City is a total and utter must visit, The Temple of Heaven is another you have to have on your list, as well as Tiananmen Square, the largest square in the world. The Great Wall of China is accessible from Beijing, simply by heading north, into the rural part of the city, and up into the mountains. Obviously, this is the busiest stretch of the Wall, but it’s definitely worth heading there.
Put simply, Beijing is a city that belongs on every bucket list.