Several months ago, I had the chance to visit Beijing for a couple of days as part of a two week trip to China and Nepal. I only had a couple of days to spend in Beijing, but was lucky enough to find a Hostel to stay at right in the Dongcheng district in downtown Beijing, so I had a bit of time to walk around and experience a little bit of the city.
My hostel was located in one of the hutongs in downtown, so once I figured out how to not get completely lost, I was able to walk around a bit and see the tiny shops and houses in and around the small alleyways cris-crossing downtown Beijing.
Taking in a view of the Forbidden City after sunset.
I love walking around with no discernible goal – of course, in this case, I was thoroughly lost once again, but I’ve found that to be the most interesting way of exploring a new city anyway :)
Simplicity among the city jumble.
I found the Dong Hua Men Food Market :) I don’t think I’ve ever seen this many varieties of things-on-a-stick. I’m pretty sure I had snake on a stick, followed by snake skin on a stick, followed by some sort of dessert..on a stick.
Temple of Heaven Park – beautiful, eerily quiet and incredibly serene. At least somewhat due to the fact that it was two hours after sunset, freezing cold and windy.
Some breakdancing practice outside the Wangfujing Cathedral.
On my last day, I was finally able to take a drive out to see a part of the Great Wall in Mutianyu.