Before travelling to a new place, a quick read on popular activities is always a worthwhile deed. It helps paint a realistic picture of what can be achieved within the planned time frame. And because travel is all about maximising opportunities, prior research also saves you time and money. It is said that opportunity wears different faces, and mine came in form of a work trip wearing a ticking clock face. With time racing by the second, and my heart chasing after it, I had to make the most of my 12 hours in Beijing. Sometimes I’m overly ambitious about what I can achieve and this was no different:
- The great wall of china – Mutianyu
The Mutianyu section of the wall was built in the early Ming Dynasty and was beautifully crafted to go along the mountain ridge like a flying dragon. It boasts of an impressive forest coverage with; flowers in spring, brooks in summer, red leaves in autumn and snow in winter. It is one of the best places to see the Great Wall.
- View the lights display at the Bird’s Nest
Because my friends are cooler than yours, I got an aerial view of this fiery nest also known as the Beijing National Stadium.
- The Forbidden City
Although the Forbidden City was closed, we got there just in time to capture its night beauty.
- A drive passed Tiananmen Square
To save time, we simply drove passed the Tiananmen Square. Guess we drove too fast that I failed to get any shot.
- Enjoy retail therapy
Who doesn’t love that? Wrap it up with retail therapy or simply enjoy a stroll through the well lit streets.