I had an amazing time in China. We started our trip in Beijing. We stayed at the New World Beijing Hotel. It was a very modern, western hotel. It had a pretty good gym, I did not run outside once on this trip. The smog was bad and it was warm, about 75/80 most days The best part of the hotel was a great breakfast buffet with American and Chinese options.
Our first day we started at Tiananmen Square. We could walk there from our hotel. We quickly discovered there are So. Many. People. in China. In Beijing there were very few westerners. It was great to see the Chinese people excited to be in a place where so much history has happened.
Next stop was the Forbidden City. This is an amazing and large palace It dated back to 1420. It has been burnt and rebuilt many times. We went to Jing Shan Park across the street and hiked up a small hill to get an amazing view of the palace.
At the Beijing Zoo we saw the pandas!
We had heard that the zoo was pretty run down, so we did not stay long. The pandas are in a good space. It has a large indoor and outdoor space with climbing strcutures and plenty of trees.
More to come later in the week!