Our first taste of China
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Beijing. The capital of China. A cold city, at least during winter/spring. We arrived here by train from Hong Kong. 24 hours on something that was pure luxury compared to the trains in India. We checked in at Wangfujing Youth Hostel and got ready to explore this small part of China, with important history.
The city is huge, so you'll need at least a week. Even more if you ask me. We stayed for 10 days. During the 10 days we got to see The Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, The Summer Palace, Temple of Heaven, Lama Temple, and we also went shopping at Silk Street and the Pearl Market. And of course, we went hiking on the Great Wall (Mutianyu). Such a great experience. Even though the weather was foggy, rainy and cloudy.
Shopping in Beijing is crazy. If you don't know how to bargain (and I mean really bargain), you'll pay way too much. They start the bidding really high. Not just twice the price it should be, but maybe even five or six times as much. I bought a t-shirt.. paying $7. The price they first gave me was $64(!). If you're not used to bargaining.. you'll definiteley learn it here.
Chinese food in China is something completely different from what chineese food is in the rest of the world. In Norway I actually like the chineese food. In China, it was a bit too much for me. It's all a little bit slimy.. and you're never quite sure of what you actually get. But there's tons of choices. You won't starve.