Day 5 – Yuanmingyuan and 798 art district

As it was a Monday, most of the historical attractions were closed for maintenance. We missed out on 国子监and孔庙. We took the day a little easier and headed out of the hotel by 9am. We walked 700m to the nearby 庆丰包子铺. It appeared high on search engine and seemed to be popular. When we got …

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Day 4 – Ming Tombs, Sacred Way, Yiheyuan & Olympic Park

We had booked the guide for a second day to check out Ming Tombs(明十三陵). I wasn't sure what to expect. The guide explained to us that there were 16 Ming emperors but only 13 of them were buried in this area. He showed us the terrain where the entrance to the area appeared to have …

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Day 3 – Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven & Nanluoguxiang

We hired a guide and a minibus separately for this day. We got the driver from our friend's contact and the guide from a travel agency, which an acquaintance had engaged months' ago too. We met the guide at 8am. The thing was we stayed very near to Forbidden City(故宫). Based on the city's grid-like …

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