China Instagram Highlights

China Instagram Highlights

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As with all my trips I captured a lot of the people, places and moments whilst working in China. There’s nothing I enjoy more than giving others a glimpse into daily life whilst I travel. My chosen platform is always Instagram and with this post I thought I’d round up my favourite posts from my time in China. It was hard to choose a few for this post, so if you want to see more remember to check my Instagram for more! If you’d like to read more about my time in China then read this post on Shanghai and here for Beijing.

The neon lights in East Nanjing make walking around a sightseeing adventure of their own πŸ‘ŒπŸ»#streetart

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Amazing views seen from The Bund at night. Need to find somewhere high up for the next shot #shanghaicity

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Best part of going somewhere new is going off the beaten track. There are so many little alleys, streets and corners of the city to see #localspot

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Orderly chaos in the backstreets of the city #exploreshanghai #chinagram

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Sitting, waiting and thinking #peopleofshanghai

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#templeart #goldenbuddha

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‘Three’s a crowd’ #shanghai #peopleofshanghai

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#peopleofbeijing #beijing πŸ‡¨πŸ‡³

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The Chinese dragon is a symbol of imperial authority and people rub the dragon heads for luck πŸ‰ #chineseculture #chinesedragon #beijing

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Hidden places walking through the famous hutongs of the capital πŸ‡¨πŸ‡³ #streetshots #chinatravel

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#streettour #peopleofbeijing πŸ‡¨πŸ‡³

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Being in a new place allows you to look at things from different angles. Creativity is contagious, pass it on #nightphoto #chinesestyle

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New post on #Beijing is up on the blog *link in bio* #chinatravel

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Last full week in #Shanghai and I’m making sure I explore as much as possible #cityviews

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2 days worth of climbing steps to reach the top was well worth it πŸ‘ŒπŸ»fresh air, sunshine and natural beauty #yellowmountains #chinatravel

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πŸ—ΊπŸ‘ŒπŸ»#landscapehunter #viewsfordays

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Exploring Beijing! Forbidden City, The Great Wall and Peking Duck

Exploring Beijing! Forbidden City, The Great Wall and Peking Duck

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A long weekend getaway to Beijing was one of the best few days of my travel experience here in China. I have always wanted to visit this busy, ancient and cultured city. I finally got the chance when I decided to head there for a long weekend break, here’s how and what I did when I visited the Chinese capital.

I flew using an online travel service Ctrip, a popular all in one flight/train/tour/hotel search engine. Ctrip has it’s own easy to use and efficient app for anyone traveling around Asia. I booked very last minute flights at between 700-800Rmb each way. As I decided to fly incredibly last minute it’s always a gamble as to whether you are able to get the best price but i was pretty happy with what I paid, especially as it’s a popular time to visit!

I also booked my accommodation as I was waiting at the airport to depart, through Ctrip and stayed at The Sanlitun Inn located 10 minutes walk outside of Sanlitun main area and 10 minutes away from line 2 subway stop Dashitiao. I found it had what I needed and I stayed in one of the budget rooms with bed and bathroom for 200rmb per night. It was all I wanted as I didn’t plan to spend much time in the room. I also got A/C which was a plus!

I would always encourage people to ‘plan as they go‘ it’s the best way and comes with less frustration. I’d also say make sure you have an idea of what you want to see from a weekend trip, as you do have to think about the timing. I knew I wanted to see The Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, eat Peking Duck and obviously walk The Great Wall! With this in mind, anything else I managed to see and do was a bonus!

I arrived on the Saturday afternoon, checked in and instantly made my way to the Subway to head over to Tienanmen Square. The subway is easy and efficient to use, download this app to make your trip effortless when it comes to getting around the city.

You can also make use of these bike sharing apps Ofo and Mobike for an easy way to get around and see the streets from your bicycle seat.

Day 2 and my first full day of exploring. Sunday I headed out early, around 6:30am to head towards my first checkpoint: The infamous Forbidden City! Getting up at this time also allows you to catch a glimpse of early Beijingers lives. The elderly usually gather to take part in dancing, taichi and games at this time. You’ll see morning commuters and catch an authentic insight into daily life of the people here. I paid 60rmb per person in peak times to enter The Forbidden City but off peak is 30rmb pp. I spent a couple of hours walking around the compound which is huge. You can’t possibly cover all of it in a weekend trip unless you dedicate a huge amount of time, which I didn’t have. I streamlined straight through to the end and made my way up through Zhongshan Park (10rmb per ticket) to get a view of Beijing from above, which if your lucky weather wise, is amazing!

Beijing really helped remind me of why I choose to come and explore China πŸ‘ŒπŸ» #beijingtrip

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Once I’d taken in the incredible view I headed over towards the Temple of Heaven at subway stop Tiantandongmen . I grabbed some lunch before I entered the park and then made my way to my next checkpoint: The Temple of Heaven – 35rmb entry ticket.

#chinesedesign #chineseart

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The stunning UNESCO world heritage site ‘The Temple of Heaven’ πŸ™ #templelife #beijingcity

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I finished around mid afternoon so still had plenty if time to fit in some other unplanned things! I enjoyed just walking round parts if the city taking in the atmosphere and sights. In the evening I ventured over to Sanlitun shopping area, an expat hub which had tones of malls, shops and restaurants as well as clubs and bars. My mission though, was Peking Duck. We found a small bar that served roast duck. For half a duck I paid 170 Rmb which is a little pricey but when in Beijing…

P.s. It was definitely worth it!

For my last full day I had planned one thing and one thing only. The Great Wall of China! I had found a tour via another blogger – a private hire car service which you can read more about here. I was short on time and was willing to pay a little more to make sure I got to the wall smoothly and easily. I visited theΒ Mutianyu section of the Wall, as I wanted a little less of a touristy experience and I can honestly say it’s one of the best things I have done in my travel experiences. It seems to get mixed reviews but I had dreamt of visiting the iconic wall since I even thought about visiting different countries. It’s one of the main things I wanted to make sure I saw during my China adventures and I was left in awe. We headed there early around 7:15am and I was on the wall by 8:30am. Just in time to catch the sun coming up behind the mountains, creating a misty cloud around the wall in the distance. Truly a spectacular sight!

#greatwallofchina #mountainscape

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#greatwallofchina #traveltribe

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We were finished by 12:00pm, I took a toboggan down to the bottom of the wall and headed back to Beijing. I asked if I could be dropped of at Sichahuai and my driver was more than happy to help. As I had only planned one thing on this day, the rest was all unplanned and a bonus!

I explored Beijing’s famous Hutong districts. A collection of very old streets as buildings untouched by modern development as they are located around the centre of the city. Some great photo opportunities and chances to imagine the locals daily life years ago.

I managed to visit Beijing’s drum tower which served as the central time keeping for the citizens back in the day. I paid 20rmb but you can buy a combo ticket for 30rmb to visit the drum as bell towers located opposite each other. They have regular drum performances throughout the day and is definitely worth a visit if your looking for something extra to do during your stay.

The evening I spent eating duck and lots of street food over at Wangfujing and taking some night time snaps.

Walking around the very busy commercial street of Wangfujing in #Beijing taking in the bustling atmosphere #nightphotography

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My last half day to explore and I decided to head to Beihai park to visit the BuddhistΒ White Dagoba there and experience a little nature before I left. I paid 10rmb for the park ticket and 10rmb to enter the Dagoba. A charming little(well very big) park that offers old temples, traditional architecture, boating, dancing, singing and a huge white Buddhist Dagoba located in the middle of the lake. I also paid 10rmb to ride on one of the ferries one way taking people across to the Island. The perfect way to spend my last few hours.

I caught a flight in the evening back to Shanghai and was left feeling completely in awe of this great city. True, cultured, authentic China that I had always dreamt of seeing. I learnt that the Chinese people love steps, stone and squares!Β If you haven’tΒ  thought about heading to Beijing, I’d thoroughly recommend it!

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