Next stop on this first day of touring in Beijing was the Ming Tombs. It was close to 3:30 when we arrived. There are 13 emperors from the Ming Dynasty buried in the tomb complex. We went to the original one for (the 3rd emperor Zhu Di ) named Changling. It was a … [Read more...] about China Day 2: Ming Tombs and Peking Duck Dinner
Early to bed meant early to rise despite the previous long day of travel. I had the in room coffee with the tea kettle and Nescafe coffee packs that already had creamer and sugar mixed in. One advantage of not having my brother with me is I get two bottles of water and … [Read more...] about China Day 2: Great Wall and Cloisonne
The flight to Beijing was easy; getting to the pre-flight hotel was a journey. Train, Bus, and Uber There weren't trains early enough to get me to the airport by 8 am so I took Amtrak the afternoon before my flights. It was about 2 hours from Oceanside to Union Station in … [Read more...] about China Day 1: Travel to Beijing
Once my Chinese visa was in hand I started making trip preparations. There were fewer details since my husband wasn't going and all sight-seeing was included. But I still needed to make airport transportation arrangements and get everything on my packing list. Domestic … [Read more...] about China Preparations
China has been on my travel bucket list for decades. When a Travelzoo offer for a 12-day trip that hit all the highlights for me including the Great Wall, terra-cotta warriors, and the Yangtze River, I was seriously interested. The only problem was it was weeks after … [Read more...] about Going to China!