For the last 7 Chinese New Year holidays my family and myself have travelled to Beijing for the holiday. There are a couple of reasons we have done this,
- We usually have friends or family over to visit during this time and as we are off work it is the perfect time to show them the sights.
- 2. Beijing is like a ghost town, millions of people leave Beijing over this period to go home to their family in other parts of China and the expats tend to go abroad on holidays. So the city is empty, a visit to the big tourist sites turn into a pleasant and enjoyable experience rather than the cattle market they normally are. One Chinese New Years day we were on the Great wall, and rather than competing for a small piece of tranquillity we virtually had the whole wall to ourselves, that was until the River dance troop showed up. 10 million people visit the wall every year and on new years day it is empty, or that is certainly our experience.
- 3. Is unique to us this year, our baby is still waiting on his passport to arrive from Ireland and therefore we are extremely limited to what we can do over this holiday. Passports are required by foreigners in China to travel by train and even check into a hotel. I feel confident (I hope) to be able to get Baby Caolán on the train and have let the Hotel General Manager know in advance that he will not have a passport with him.
I like to plan all our trips so that we make the best of our time away. This holiday the plan is very different, my Husband is recovering from flu and with a small baby and the fact that this is my first break since returning to work at the beginning of January, our plan is to do very little. I will detail our trip in another post. But in the meantime I thought I would share our itinerary from last year. The prices were correct for last February and for many it is unlikely that they will have changed. I designed this to meet our specific needs we were arriving on a Tuesday and departing on a Saturday.
Entrance Fee: RMB45
Hiking Time: Two and a half hours
- Show Time:
- 17:15-18:45 / 19:30-20:45
- No.44, Xingfu Da Jie
- Dongcheng District, Beijing
- Subway line 5 at Tiantandongmen
- Station exit B.
Closed on Mondays