This first post back has been a long time coming! I've found it a bit hard to get back into the swing of things after a three week break, and catching up on three weeks of work at the job that pays me has been a bit exhausting, especially considering I'm still relatively new (my inbox was a little bit scary!! But I have tamed the beast thank goodness!). I was also dreading editing photos just a little too...
Now, I know how boring other people's holiday snaps can be so I'll try to keep it short, I'm also going to break the trip up into three bits - Beijing, Victoria and Vancouver to try and not lose too many of you to 'boring holiday snap-itis'.
David and I had a rather large stop over in Beijing on our way to Vancouver, we got in around 7.30am and our flight wouldn't leave until 11.30pm that night so we decided to get out of the airport and explore. We had the foresight to book a private tour to the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall which was such a beautiful area. It is high in the hills away from the smog and traffic of the city and surrounded by chestnut trees (if you go there, make sure you toboggan back down the hill). Then because we still had so much time after our Great Wall visit, we ended up going to the Forbidden City and Tiananmen square.
I forgot to change the camera settings to auto when I gave it to our guide to take a photo of us. At least the wall is in focus!!
The Chinese writing on the hill means something along the lines of 'Be Loyal to Chairman Mao'
Say hello to the friendly Great Wall of China donkey!!
LUNCH!!! David and I were starving after our trekking around the wall and so our guide took us to get some real Chinese food (after taking us to a small cloisonne factory. Everything is done by hand and it's such an intricate art. I couldn't resist buying a bracelet which I'm sure will make it onto the blog soon).
After lunch it was off to the Forbidden City...
The Forbidden City is so big that I would have got lost without our guide. It was beautiful though, the details and the colours were spectacular!
Tiananman Square, right outside The Forbidden City.
David and I were exhausted after we got back to the airport and so found ourselves a little nook, some food and watched Bones on David's Ipad.
I would defintely recommend visiting China to anyone and if I have a chance to go back I would hope to spend a little more time there.
Next time, Victoria (aka Vancouver Island).