Beijing in December

Our Honeymoon Part I

Country: China
City: Beijing

Back in December 2014, we took our honeymoon. It was my husband’s first trip China! Our itinerary:

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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.

Must-Eat!

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.

Transportation

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!

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Conclusions & New Beginnings

Happy New Year!

Ah, it’s already 2015!!!  In the New England region, we have experienced our first “Blizzard” of the year on Tuesday.

Some photos from China and Hawaii:

It has already been one month since we returned from our honeymoon in China and Hawaii, and it is very hard to put into words how meaningful these past few months have been for us.  It has given us the chance to experience so much. So we are now in the process of settling down into reality, and I am also sorting through all of our photos to create some memorable tangible scrapbooks to capture our journey on paper. We are fortunate enough to have had the time to reboot and reassess our priorities in life, and we are blessed to have such a supportive group of family and friends.

Random thought: Made homemade pizza the other day! Doesn’t it look tasty?

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Back to the real world now 🙂 Onto planning the next trip: Milan for the 2015 World Expo

Destination: China!

I’m going to start off by saying that having free Wifi in the airport is such a nice perk!

Our beautiful wedding went without a hitch, and we can’t begin to thank everyone who took the time to attend this past Thanksgiving weekend. We definitely had something special to be thankful about this year:)

candle-lighting wedding ceremony at the Warwick Crowne Plaza hotel in Rhode Island, USA

We are currently at the Toronto airport about to board our flight to Beijing, China. This will be Michael’s ever trip across the world, and we are both very excited.

This morning we both woke up at 4:30am, so my parents could drive us to Newark. It took us a little over an hour, and we ended up waiting over 2 hours at the airport before our flight took off. Michael was really avid on leaving early, but I like getting there and boarding within 10-20 minutes. Because I know he likes to be on time or really early, we left a lot earlier than normal.   Unfortunately our flight did get delayed a bit, but it definitely could have been worse.

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Some things we are noticing while we wait to board: I must say that the waiting areas in Terminal E at the airport are really neat! There are tables full of ipad stations where you are able to order food and access the internet.

Enjoying free wifi at the Toronto Airport en route to China

Bathrooms are way cleaner and more modern looking too! Oh and we can’t forget to mention the industrial-like airport walkway we experienced.

Just wanted to post something short for everyone to read (as a distraction) as the work day kicked off today for folks back home.