December 26, 2014 - January 4, 2015Beijing was the first city I...
Drug sniffing beagles
Yummy tofu street food
A man just nonchalantly cracking his whip outside a supermarket
Riding the Beijing subway
Snacks for the Peking Opera
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
- Yonghe Temple
- eating a donkey burger
- The Great Wall
- Wudaoying hutong
- seeing a Peking opera
- eating Peking duck
- The Summer Palace
- The 798 Art Zone
- The Temple of Heaven