December 26, 2014 - January 4, 2015Beijing was the first city I...

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Drug sniffing beagles

Street crossing

Yummy tofu street food



A man just nonchalantly cracking his whip outside a supermarket


Riding the Beijing subway

Snacks for the Peking Opera

Curly straws!

December 26, 2014 - January 4, 2015

Beijing was the first city I had traveled to in China. I had been to Hong Kong before, but like most people will agree, that doesn’t count. Hong Kong doesn’t feel anything like China, and I don’t mean that in a good or bad way. It is a city that feels more like Europe than Asia.

I digress. Honestly, Beijing really shocked me at first with its abrasive residents, cold winter weather, and terrible pollution. The city is a bit rough around the edges. 

It may be a bit different since I look Asian, but people would often yell in my face. In Beijing, I never knew if people are telling me that I was doing something wrong or trying to sell me something. Either way, they roll their eyes and act super put out when I said I didn’t understand what they were saying.

Still, I had so much fun. Once I stopped repeating “it’s too cold” and “this is so different,” I began to really enjoy Beijing and all it had to offer. 

If you’re visiting Beijing, I suggest:

  • Purchasing a SIM card
  • Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City 
  • Wangfujing 
  • Yonghe Temple 
  • eating a donkey burger 
  • The Great Wall 
  • Shopping 
  • Wudaoying hutong 
  • seeing a Peking opera 
  • eating Peking duck 
  • The Summer Palace 
  • The 798 Art Zone 
  • The Temple of Heaven


Hi, I'm Stacy. I'm from Portland, Oregon, USA, and am currently living in Busan, South Korea. Check me out on: Tumblr, Twitter, Instagram, Lastfm, and Flickr.



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