We started the day at the Temple of Heaven, which, even though it was early, was heaving with locals playing games and doing tai-chi (which we attempted to join in with). The haze around the city created a rather mythical element to the whole area and the ceramic roofs and details were absolutely beautiful. We moved on to Tiananmen Square which is VAST and though it seemed fairly empty with everyone spread around, a sudden, violent downpour caused everyone to swarm into the underpass in some Blitz-style desperation! Next was the Forbidden City, which, though very beautiful, became rather...overwhelming after the first hour of fighting through crowds to look at very similiar things. Lunch was an interesting experience of the hot-pot, essentially boiling water which you fill with a variety of (rather ambiguous) food stuffs such as tofu, beef, eggs, water chesnuts, pigs blood and some unexplained anatomy of a fish. Maybe. My brother and I shared a rickshaw around the quiet Hudongs of the city where we were shown the old houses and markets which made a nice change from the hassle of the main city. "The Legend of Kungfu" was a rather bizarre experience but, I loved it!
Beijing Hotels & Accommodations review
The hotel was lovely, with friendly and helpful staff (whatever level of English they spoke) and it was only a short walk to a supermarket and a reall… read entire review