As we explore the 1000 places to see before you die we find places, which in our opinion don’t belong there. Of course, we also find places that are not in the book but they are definitely something everybody should see or experience once in their life. We add those to our list and try to maintain a balance between places we scratch and places we add so we end up with our very own list of 1000 places we think everybody should see before they die.
After we spent a week in China, we didn’t know what to expect from Hong Kong. When we first applied for our Chinese Visa, we were disappointed and confused that once we leave Beijing to go to Hong Kong, we couldn’t go back to China with our single entry visa. It just didn’t make sense to us. Hong Kong is in China, so why would our visa expire? After being in Beijing and in Hong Kong I can tell you: Hong Kong is NOT in China.
With the next 2 places we visited here in Beijing, the result for the one was a surprised “WOW” and the other one a sound of disappointment. The classic restaurants of Beijing featured a taste of the Peking Duck and some other local foods, while the Hutongs are the traditional living areas of the people in Beijing before they started building skyscrapers and housing complexes.
While we stayed in Beijing, we had the opportunity to see one of the best known parts of the over 6000km long Great Wall in Badaling, which is about 70 km north of Beijing.
When we planned our stop in Beijing, it was mainly because we wanted to visit a good friend of ours who is currently living there. We didn’t even know that the Great Wall was only a short bus ride away. When we checked what places of the book are near Beijing, we instantly knew we would have to go and see the Great Wall, but we had no idea how to even get there. Continue reading One of the 1000: The Great Wall of China
In our first week of our RTW trip, we did 4 out of the 1000 places to see before you die, giving us a total of 34 out of the 1043 places listed in the book. The first place we went to see was the Forbidden City in Beijing, which has been the residence of Chinese emperors for more than 500 years. Of course, we want to give you an impression of what it was like to visit this legendary p(a)lace.
First off, since we have been super busy before the start of the trip, we didn’t have any time to read up on all the tourist attractions or even basic things we needed to know about China. We just dove into it. So, I’ll spare you all the great historical facts about the Forbidden City for two reasons:
First, there are so many great websites that can give you a wonderful insight to the history of the Forbidden City and second, this is not what this blog is about. It is about the experience of it all and not about the facts, although some facts are so amazing that hearing them becomes part of the experience. Continue reading One of the 1000: The Forbidden City