Our Honeymoon Part I: Beijing
Back in December 2014, we took our honeymoon. It was my husband’s first trip China!
This was our view from our room at the Hilton Beijing Wangfujing.
It was definitely a nice contrast between where we stayed and the hustle and bustle of the city. Beijing is one of those cities which is so rich in its history and culture. It’s absolutely beautiful during the winter season. Cold, yes! But, so magical.
In Beijing, we visited the Great Wall of China. Initially I wanted to explore a section of the wall I had never seen before, but we ended up getting swindled by a tour agency we came across right next to our hotel. They piled us onto a bus full of Chinese tourists heading to the Badaling entrance (one of the most popular entrances).
We also went to the Summer Palace, Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, and tasted some local street food!
I loved going to Beijing in December. There weren’t as many tourists on the Great Wall as there would be during the summer months. And, it wasn’t scorching hot.
In Beijing, you must try the duck. We went to Quanjude Restaurant. It had a very tasty and filling roast duck. Delicious! We enjoyed our experience.
Street food is also a must! While very different than a high-end restaurant, you get to try new and different things. And, I honestly have never had any stomach issues when in China. Although, I am not allergic to any foods, so if you have allergies are or wary I would recommend staying away from street food.
We used taxis and the intricate subway system while traveling around Beijing. For our Great Wall day trip, we utilized a tour agency and boarded a large bus. We sort of regretted this decision, mostly because we would have liked the flexibility of going on our own.
Transportation within Beijing is very cheap. The cost of our living accommodations = the bulk of our expenses.
Preparation before Departure
Traveling in Beijing in December required us to pack some warm clothing. Temperatures are similar to the New England area in the States.
We were prepared and brought our winter coats, hats, gloves, and boots! It was such a lovely experience!
One thing we also did was exchange some money beforehand. This way we had some cash on hand.
Hope you enjoyed reading about our Beijing portion of our honeymoon!