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I had three nights in Beijing, China and these are some of the things I saw on this short visit during our tour. We first visited the Temple of Heaven, a remarkable complex of altars and prayer halls built in the 15th century, where Chinese emperors once led religious ceremonies. It is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. What hit me most was the heat, I did not expect this and even our tour manager said, this was not normal.



The vast Tian’anmen Square.

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The Forbidden City, formerly the palatial imperial residence and now a museum displaying the emperors’ collections of ceramics, bronzes, paintings and some 30,000 pieces of jade.

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We also visit the Imperial Gardens, originally built in the 18th century, and surrounded by extensive formal gardens.

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At the Summer Palace, we did not get a lot of time here but we did find the Long Corridor and the Marble Boat and the largest lake that I have ever seen !

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I really enjoyed my time in Beijing, this was a dream come true and hope to return in my future. It is such a beautiful city. But I feel I did not spend enough time here. I think if I return I will spend a week here and explore if possible at my own pace.

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