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Beijing



What have been the highlights of your time in this country? Best trips or experiences?

The Great Wall and hiking opportunities and the food is amazing! - Oct 24, 2017
A two-day hike along the unrestored Great Wall, eating fantastic meals for a fraction of the cost of a less-interesting meal in the U.S., travel throughout Asia. - Dec 3, 2015
Getting through the cultural barriers, learning Chinese very quickly as a matter of necessity (didn't speak any before coming), seeing the Great Wall. - Apr 12, 2015
Seeing the Great Wall. - Aug 17, 2014
Hiking the Great Wall, biking through hutongs, exploring the countryside around Beijing. - Jul 18, 2014
Awesome restaurants in Beijing - Jun 19, 2013
Getting out of Beijing to see other parts of the country (and getting out of the country altogether). - Aug 27, 2011
Riding my bike through Beijing hutongs - Apr 7, 2011
Oh, too many to list! Dancing while the sun comes up on a beach in front of the Great Wall with over a thousand people enjoying some of the top DJs in Asia playing. Ringing in the New Year in a former Communist weapons factory packed with thousands of revelers and the most ridiculous sound system I've ever seen. Being instantly befriended by a bunch of college students in Tianjin and taken on a whirlwind tour of the city after riding there on a bullet train. Riding in a Beijing taxi at 2 in the morning listening to gangster rap, which the driver perfectly mimics (while understanding none of the lyrics). Having dinner with friends in a restaurant while a gang fight goes down in the room next door and pretending not to notice (eventually one of the gangsters came over and apologized--in perfect English--for the disturbance). Waking up every morning and looking out the window at the Confucius Temple, then walking through a narrow hutong alleyway that looks straight out of a movie, but this is actually just my everyday life and it's just my normal commute. Going to the little foreigner shop, you know, kind of like the Chinese or Indian market back at home, small selection, jammed shelves, except that it's all full of American stuff because the tables are turned and you're the foreigner buying weird stuff now. Too many more to list, and I've only been here 6 months! - Jan 18, 2011
Everything from walking the Great Wall to hanging out in Starbucks with friends. Learning to cook Chinese food. - Apr 29, 2010
My Chinese friends. - Jan 26, 2010