An eventful last day and a sleepless night in China’s buzzing capital city

The last day, oh no, time went by waaaay to fast! In the morning we went on the bus without really knowing what the plan was. Our guide happily announced that we were going to one of the huge, cheap shopping malls – and we were going to be the first ones, waiting in front … Continue reading An eventful last day and a sleepless night in China’s buzzing capital city

Day 6 in Beijing – Changde: where the air is purer and the grass is greener

We spent most of the day inside our air-conditioned bus. 4 hours to Changde and 4 hours back “home”. (When I’m travelling, I always refer to the place I’m staying at as home. Is that weird?) Anyway, due to the hotel room party, we didn’t really get much sleep, so I pretty much slept during … Continue reading Day 6 in Beijing – Changde: where the air is purer and the grass is greener

Day 5 in Beijing – indulging in culture

Of course a group tour to Beijing would not be complete without a museum tour. On Thursday morning our bus driver dropped us off at the largest museum of the world close to Tian an Men Square. After having been searched thoroughly (Please drink from your water bottle because we think it’s an explosive fluid … Continue reading Day 5 in Beijing – indulging in culture

Now I know where the smog actually comes from – Day 4 in Beijing

We finally got to sleep a bit longer. However, us being totally in control of our lives, we overslept. Thank god the hotel reception called every morning, but we still had to hurry to make it to the bus in time. In the morning we visited the Lama Temple, where we saw the tallest standing … Continue reading Now I know where the smog actually comes from – Day 4 in Beijing

Omg, look what’s over there! Is that? Yes! The Great Wall!

After only 3 hours of sleep we had to get up since we were going to visit the Great Wall. I spent most of the ride sleeping but when we left the city area I got to see beautiful hilly landscape. An hour before we arrived we could already see other parts of the wall … Continue reading Omg, look what’s over there! Is that? Yes! The Great Wall!

Qi, ba, qiu – you drink! A night in Hou Hai.

The night started with me stopping my first taxi 😀 They are ridiculously cheap in China. We went to Hou Hai, a famous bar street/ party area in the centre. There, I finally felt some real excitement, seeing the Beijing I wanted to see: narrow alleys, simple, small “houses”, street vendors, outdoor karaoke, live music … Continue reading Qi, ba, qiu – you drink! A night in Hou Hai.

The Emperor had women crawl into his bedroom – Day 2 in Beijing

We left at the hotel half an hour after our meeting time because we’re Germans and we’re always on time. We went to Tian an men square, the biggest square in a city centre in the world. The most exciting thing to see there was not the entrance to the Forbidden City, no, it was … Continue reading The Emperor had women crawl into his bedroom – Day 2 in Beijing

Different different but same – Day 1 in Beijing

Naturally I was afraid I had packed way too much for one week in Beijing, but when I saw the luggage of my fellow students I soon realized that I had even packed less than most of the guys! My Chinese teacher killed it by asking  me if that was my entire luggage and if … Continue reading Different different but same – Day 1 in Beijing