After my amazing two week trip through parts of Australia, it was time to head to Beijing. On my way there, I had a 13 hour layover in Hong Kong. I explored Hong Kong as much as time would allow, but did not want to risk missing my flight to Beijing. Hong Kong has quite the party scene at night. Grabbed some food, got a couple drinks at a bar, and eventually made my way back to the airport. Off to two days in Beijing.
For transportation from the airport in Beijing to a hotel, I would suggest to book a pick up service beforehand. I had a driver waiting for me, already knowing which hotel I was going to. Oh yeah, it was my first time ever having a driver holding up a sign with my name on it. It felt really cool! 🙂 For the first day, I booked a room a at DoubleTree by Hilton. The hotel was great, but the location was kind of far from the area surrounding The Forbidden City. I found this out while trying to walk from the hotel to the Forbidden City. By the time I got there, entry was forbidden. See what I did there? I’m sorry. Still, I walked around and explored Beijing a bit. Unfortunately, it was pretty cold, and also started raining. That made the walk back interesting. Add to that the fact that I grew unsure as to if I was going the right way and was finally, finally, finally able to hail a taxi. Luckily, my room key card had the hotel’s address and a small map, so I didn’t have to do any talking. Oh well, at least I found a good restaurant and had a great dinner. I was really happy to get back to the hotel.
My second day in Beijing was the day I was really waiting for. I booked a tour to the Great Wall of China, along with some stops before and after the tour. What can I say, except, they say a picture is worth a thousand words, so here are a few thousand words then. Enjoy:
And some other pics from my stay at Beijing, including staying at a Ritz-Carlton. Man, that was a fancy hotel.
My trip ended with a 24 hour layover in Seoul, South Korea. Got some sleep, explored a bit, and got some food! So awesome being there. Definitely have to plan a longer stay in South Korea.
Lastly, a couple photos that basically summarize my trip. Quite an amazing vacation.