Hello! I have recently involved in a trip to china to teach computing abroad in Zhengzhou University of light! I have had a wonderful time so far and would like to share some of this via my blog. This first blog post will be centred around the first couple of days spent in Beijing.
We got up at around 5am in the morning to catch a 8am flight to Paris and then from there got a flight direct to Beijing from there we spent the first couple of days exploring with a visit to Tienanmen Square, from there we went to the forbidden city which was an amazing experience! The city had hundreds years of history and impressive architecture. The walls had a high level of intricate detail and there were a number of interesting rock gardens that are rarely seen in Europe. There was a quick break were delicious noodles were consumed and then we hiked uphill to visit a temple where a great view of the forbidden city and Beijing could be had. Then we ventured to the night market which was a truly awesome experience. The market was alive with hustle and bustle and interesting smells all around. This was an exciting experience with food and interesting goods to be had everywhere with the city feeling truly alive. The food and beer sampled was authentic and traditional and although tired I went to bed very content.
The next day we got up early to visit the great wall of china. I felt very privileged to visit one of the seven wonders of the world. We used a cable car to get to the top of the mountain. Sitting in a 4 person cable car as it hurtled up to the top of the wall only added to excitement of the journey. I was struck by the sheer vastness of the wall and it’s humongous length. It also remained in great shape with only small parts been renovated when needed. We were also lucky with the heat as it wasn’t too hot to traverse. After the great wall we all shared food in a lovely restaurant and there was not a single dish that I did not love. After this we went to the sun palace for a chilled out trip which was well needed after the full on day. There were some lovely views of the lake and surrounding temples.
Thanks for reading I will be adding more posts about Zhengzhou as the trip progresses!