Can I just start by saying how sweet and lovely a lot of Chinese people are!? Though the flights are tiring ones, I can never put down the Chinese people and their politeness and gratitude towards us as cabin crew. Now I know I’m new to flying and I’m just calling on my own experience with these routes, but when you get a lot of ungrateful passengers it really goes a long way when someone shows appreciation.
As you can tell by the picture above, China obviously know how to do good food! I most definitely haven’t mastered how to eat healthily in China (be very wary of salads and fruit as the water they’re washed in isn’t always the best, a friend of mine learnt that the hard way a few years ago), but when you’re only there for 48 hours I felt the only thing to do was get stuck in.
One of the great things about China is that IT’S SO CHEAP, this wasn’t even everything that we ordered + drinks I think came to about £6/7 each – and we were well and truly stuffed! One of the less so great things is that if you go to a not-westernised restaurant (or even some more westernised ones like this one) they don’t always speak a lot of English and most of the menus come in the form of pictures. Therefore if you’ve got a particular diet, ie vegan or gluten free for example, I’m not sure how well they’ll cater for that.
Top dishes I recommend – Peking duck pancakes (obviously), they’ll even teach you how to assemble them properly, most of the aubergine dishes I’ve got to say were my favourite, all the fried rice!
Another pretty obvious must do for anyone visiting Beijing is of course, The Great Wall of China!
Now this was another ‘pinch me’ moment, as who often gets to visit The Great Wall of China? Both it’s history and it’s views were absolutely spectacular and it was a huge privalege to be able to walk along it!
There’s an option to cable car up to the wall as it rises to up to 50ft high and that meant we got to tabbogan all the way down it which was very enjoyable indeed!
This incredible wall was built around 220 B.C during the Qin Dynasty, where the then Emperor of China ordered existing walls to be removed and those around the north to be joined into a single wall to protect mainland China from the north.
The wall was the most ambitious construction project ever to be undertaken and extended from the Chinese Sea port of Shanhuiguan over 3,000 miles to the Gansu province.
Though a lot of the Great Wall has deteriorated over the centuries, it still remains a symbol of the strength and resilience of the Chinese people and their nation.
Another non-history-related point – it’s ideal for a good workout! In the 30 degree heat simply walking up and down those uneven steps was enough to work up a good sweat and get the endorphins going, but if you’re a regular to Beijing or in the winter when it’s colder the vast space and millions of steps are ideal for creating a good varied workout!
Have you ever visited Beijing or China? How great is The Great Wall? What are your other must-see bits of this brilliant country?