Beijing Travel Blog› entry 26 of 27 › view all entries
We took an overnight sleeper train from Shanghai to Beijing. It was a wonderful way to travel - especially for a train spotter!!
Beijing is busy preparing for the Olympics next year, so it seems that a lot of it is under demolition or reconstruction, with the result being lots of dust in the air, to accompany the pollution.
We have visited the Summer Palace, the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square. Very impressive, and very beautiful. However, we have never seen such crowds of tourists before (except in Shanghai, of course). So many tour guides with big flags, yelling into megaphones and with troups of tourists following behind wearing silly matching hats. Summer Palace claims to have currently around 20,000 tourists a day (off season).
Crossing roads has been a new experience. In China the green man on pedestrian crossings means that it is only slightly safer to cross the road. Red lights mean nothing if you have wheels. Rome is nothing compared to China. Even the nuns wouldn't be safe here!!
We are yet to head to the Great Wall of China, after our tour driver forgot to pick us up this morning...
All going well with our flights (haha) we should be back in NZ on Saturday, after leaving China on Friday the 13th...