destination: BEIJING, CHINA!

I know this is a long overdue post (for the nth time). It's been two months since my Beijing trip and I am only able to blog about it now (ehemmm inuna kasi Jadine, ehemm fangirl, ehemmm priorities). Nevertheless, I still found time to write and share my travel experience in a country rich in history and culture. Speaking of culture and history, I learned to appreciate them more (aside from the fact that I am teaching these topics) because it was really different when you experience other countries' culture and history firsthand. I was able to look at things from a different perspective and the feeling was very refreshing.

My first and second day in Beijing were spent for knowing more about the historical side of China. I usually see these places via books and internet so it was very surreal for me to set my foot in places like The Great Wall of China and Forbidden City. Below are some of the places I visited and the things I did during my trip to China.

1. GREAT WALL OF CHINA. The first place I visited was the Great Wall of China. I was taken away by how those walls were built. If you're a history enthusiast, it took the Ming Dynasty 200 years to build these walls that will serve as a defense system against the invades. Imagine how many people sacrificed their time and lives to finish the Great Wall. The mere idea of it gives me chills.

We also dropped by at a Jade factory. I'm not a fan of such stones but might as well post it. Hehe.

2. BIRD'S NEST/ BEIJING NATIONAL STADIUM. The Chinese built this stadium for the Beijing Olympics held in year 2008.

3. TIANANMEN SQUARE - Our tour guide said that Tiananmen is the largest public square in the world. Wooow. (But my photo doesn't justify how large Tiananmen is)

4. FORBIDDEN CITY - It was called Forbidden City because literally people were forbidden to go the area because it became imperial palace of Chinese dynasties thousands of years ago.

4. SHABU-SHABU!! - it's ironic to eat a dish that is of Japanese origin in China. Hahaha!

5. WALKED AROUND THE STREETS OF BEIJING + (STREET) FOOD TRIP - this has been a must-do for me whenever I travel! Aside from visiting tourist spots, I've been always inclined to discover the not so common side of a place.

But wait... there's more! Part 2 of my blog post will be about exploring the artsy side of Beijing. SOON! :)

P.S. This might be a very helpful information especially if you can't live without the internet and social media. Social media and other websites in China are banned so when I was there, I wasn't able to access my instagram, twitter, facebook, Viber. Google, Yahoo Mail, etc. weren't accessible as well. However, you can access those sites if you're going to get a VPN (Virtual Private Network).

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