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Flying into Beijing in anticipation of the Great Wall of China

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The Marble Boat @ the Summer Palace in Beijing_January 5th, 2008

What a dream to be flying into Beijing; landed at Beijing Capital International Airport and boy the smog was thick!  This is now my 4th flight on this 3 week trip in China.  My excitment builds, looking forward to climbing the Great Wall of China, visiting the Summer Palace, and going to the Forbidden City, etc.  I sit quietly on China Airlines writing to my family ... time by myself to write etc. This activity seems to take the 'back burner' as each day I wake up early and the day is totally filled with exploring China and before I know it, it's time to get some ZZZ's; though while I travel my family is always deeply with me in my thoughts (back home in Canada).  Here's some photos of places I went to and the most likely places you'll be visiting if in Beijing!!

The first thing I noticed landing in Beijing was the thick air .

Summer Palace in Beijing_January 5th, 2008
.. it was hard to even see the airport, and could hardly even see the planes that were grounded in the distance at the airport ... perhaps it was just a bad day where pollution just so happened to be high ... didn't matter much, for I was on a 'natural-high' just being there ... maybe it's just 'fog' (I wish) ... but as I was driven from the airport to our hotel, the haze lifted, and we reach the Xi Xi You Yi Hotel in Beigjing. 

After relaxing for a little, our tour guide returned and brought us to the Summer Palace, where the Qing emperors used to live during summer to escape the heat, the colours there were great .

now that looks awesome ... we`ll be heading there after we leave the Summer Palace
.. each part of the Summer Palace is/was being re-painted to prepare for the summer Olmpians, the friends and relatives of the Olympians would bring in an influx of tourists visiting this coming summer with the Summer Olympics being held in Beijing 2008 .... Places like the Summer Palace, the Forbidden City, and of course the Great Wall of China will be highly explored this coming summer 'for sure' ... Our tour guide said they've been working on the renovations for over 2 years, in Beijing, and when I was there I could see there was still alot to complete!  Everywhere I toured in Beijing, I see the tweaking of temples ... there's is still so much to paint and it's already March 2008. 

On January 5th, 2008 it was a was chilly ~ -7 degrees celcius, pretty warm to Canadian winters but for me, vrrrrrrrrr, even with my 5 in one coat the cold air gave me the chills.

Statue sits in front of the Hall of Benevolence and Longevity; fort built in Emperor Qianlong’s reign (1750) during the Qing Dynasty
  Walking through the Summer Palace I took many photos, was still feeling chilly so I bought a coffee to warm up and looked at all the souvenirs and picked up a tea cup for my mother-in-law.  

The architecture in Beijing is so intricate, so complex ... to think I still have many more buildings to see throughout mainland China.  I can't help but photograph each building I see from all angles ... my first 2mb HD card is filling up fast ... looks like I'll need to buy another one; all I need is to go up the Great Wall of China tomorrow and find out, when I'm at the top, I have 'run-out' of memory.  It's hard to decide what photos take and from which perspective.  To me, everything looks so unique and awesome!

row-zzzzz says:
Thanks again Pepple ... have you gone yet!
Posted on: May 01, 2009
row-zzzzz says:
Thank-you very much Niro :)
Posted on: Apr 27, 2008
row-zzzzz says:
Thank-you Harriet!!!
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