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I visited Beijing, China with William, a good friend I made in Shenzhen. He and I spent about four days there together, after which my wife, Arlene, arrived from Manila to join us. William and I had traveled to Guilin together first before flying to Beijing, and his help was essential to making travel plans (he's Chinese and I could not get a grip on the language myself).

My wife was mistaken for Chinese by vendors, taxi drivers, and others, who spoke to her in Mandarin. She speaks Tagalog, Ilocano, English, and Japanese, but doesn't know Mandarin. She would respond "English, please" but they would continue in Mandarin.

By sheer coincidence, we were in Beijing the week of "National Day", 2004. This meant attractions like the Great Wall, Forbidden City, and others were at their peak of tourist traffic. For some reason, the government honored the celebration by giving these attractions special, shorter, "holiday" hours. This is why there are such huge crowds in my photos of the Great Wall. The crush of people there bordered on dangerous, and I was physically separated from my wife and William at the Great Wall.

Arlene and I stayed at a hotel in the Hutongs of central Beijing, north of the Forbidden City. It didn't work out so well, and we moved to the Red Wall hotel, which I would recommend.

Flying out of Beijing was a problem. The airport has two terminals, and we were careful not to exit our taxi until the driver showed our tickets to an airport staff person who confirmed which terminal we needed; we were directed to terminal two, and exited the taxi. Once inside, we were told we must haul our luggage by foot back to terminal one (and hurry). Back at terminal one, we were able to check-in, but on the concourse, we were told again we must return to terminal two.

We made it on the plan by guessing who to listen to. We were actually on two separate flights, and as I took off, I couldn't be sure if Arlene made her flight or not.
This page last modified:2007-11-17

Guande Hall, Jingshan Park, Beijing, China
Pavilion at Jingshan Park, Beijing
Wanchun Pavilion, Jingshan Park, Beijing, China
The Forbidden City, Beijing, China
The Forbidden City from Overhead
Jingshan Park, Beijing, China
Jingshan Park, Beijing, China
Men in Internet Cafe, Beijing, China
Doorway in Hutong, Central Beijing
Chinese Architectural Detail and Chinese Flag, Beijing
Chinese People in Marketplace/Little Boy
Sleeping Cat in Chinese Marketplace
Entryway in Hutong Lane, Central Beijing
Hutong Lane in Central Beijing
Convenience Store in Beijing Hutong
Woman Passenger on Bicycle, Beijing, China
Hutong Lane in Beijing
The Entrance to the Forbidden City in Beijing, China
Moat at the East Side of the Forbidden City
Bridge near Dong Hua Gate, Forbidden City, China
Courtyard Gate, Forbidden City, Beijing, China
Cyclist inside the Forbidden City, Beijing, China
Courtyard of the Forbidden City, Beijing, China
Hall of Supreme Harmony, Forbidden City, Beijing
The Forbidden City, Beijing, China
The Gate of Supreme Harmony, Forbidden City, Beijing
A Courtyard in the Forbidden City, Beijing, China
Filipina Visiting the Forbidden City, Beijing, China
Hall of Supreme Harmony, the Forbidden City, Beijing, China
Stairs to the Hall of Complete Harmony at Sunset, Forbidden City, Beijing
Tourists Visiting the Forbidden City, China
Cobble Pathway in the Forbidden City, Beijing, China
Sunset at the Forbidden City, Beijing, China
Visitors Walking inside the Forbidden City, Beijing, China
Starbucks Coffee Shop inside the Forbidden City, Beijing, China
Hall of Supreme Harmony, Forbidden City, China
Hall of Preserving Harmony, Forbidden City, China
Hall of Preserving Harmony Rear, Forbidden City, China
Inside the Pavilion of 1,000 Autumns, Forbidden City, China
The Pavilion of 1,000 Autumns inside the Forbidden City, China
Imperial Garden Buildings, Forbidden City, China
Architectural Detail in Imperial Garden, Forbidden City, China
Wangfujing, east of Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City, Beijing
Looking North on Wangfujing Street Business District
Clerk at the Red Wall Hotel in Beijing
Old Chinese Couple Traveling on a Bicycle
Woman Butcher Selling Meat to a Customer in Beijing
Bright Lights along ChaoYang Road Shops
Neon Sign, ChaoYang Theater in Beijing
Acrobat Performance at Chaoyang Theater in Beijing
Power lines and Road Sign to Beijing Airport
Traffic Officer on Duty in Beijing
Bikers in Central Beijing, near the Forbidden City
Security Guard Inspecting Wangfujing Street, Beijing
Chinese Man with Computer on a Bike
Old Chinese Man Driving Cart with Coal Cylinders
Marching Guards at Wangfujing Street, Beijing
Security Guards Marching at Wangfujing Street, Beijing
Commercial Area of Wangfujing Street in Beijing, China
Old Man on a Bicycle, Wangfujing Street, Beijing
Camera Repair Shop in Beijing
The National Flag of the People's Republic of China
National Day in Tiananmen Square, 2004
Olympic Arena in Beijing
Row of Bicycles Parked in Beijing
Three Friends in Beijing, China
Moat on the West of the Forbidden City, Beijing
White Male, Forbidden City, Beijing, China
Young Woman at the Forbidden City
Mao Portrait, Entrance to the Forbidden City
Crowds in Tiananment Square, Beijing, China
Entrance to the Forbidden City, Beijing
Main Entrance to the Forbidden City
Man on a Bicycle near the Forbidden City
Tower in Beijing
Chinese Official Observing Crowd
The Great Wall of China Climbing a Mountain Range
Chinese Soldiers Descending Stairs
Man Sleeping in a Beijing Hutong in an Armchair
Chinese Toddler in Father's Arms
Silhouette of Pagoda and Trees at Sunset
Chinese Soldiers Descending Stairs
Marble Boat, Lake at the Summer Palace, Beijing
Back Lake and Suzhou Street, Summer Palace, Beijing
Back Lake and Suzhou Street, Summer Palace, Beijing
Back Lake and Suzhou Street, Summer Palace, Beijing
Chinese Tower, Summer Palace, Beijing
Pagoda-Type Patio by the Front Lake, Summer Palace, Beijing
Beijing Freeway with Yellow Bus and High-Rises
Worker Climbing Construction Crane, Beijing, China
Coal Stacked in a Beijing Hutong
Chinese Father and Sons on Bike Together
Young Boy Riding on the Back of a Bicycle, Beijing
Older Chinese Woman in Wheelchair, Road in Beijing
Man Carrying Old Woman, Bicycle Cart, Beijing, China
Man Carrying Woman, Bicycle Cart, Beijing, China
Sidewalk Shoe Repair, Beijing, China
Chinese Tourist and Digital Camera, Summer Palace
Street Near Tiananmen at Night
Chinese Architecture, the Summer Palace
Elderly Chinese Men, Summer Palace, Beijing
Filipina Visiting China
Chinese Soldier outside the Summer Palace
Traffic on Beijing Freeway
Traffic on Beijing Freeway
Chinese Lanterns, the Summer Palace, Beijing
Chinese Father and Young Child in Beijing
The Forbidden City Entrance at Night
The Forbidden City/Mao's Portrait at Night
Beijing Hotel at Night
Construction Project in Beijing
Carriageway in Beijing, China
Chinese Construction Workers on High-Rise
Wedding Procession by Car, Beijing, China
Freeway, Footbridge, and High-Rises in Beijing, China
Construction Site at Night, Beijing, China
Looking Down on a Freeway in Beijing, China
Beijing Road
Beijing Freeway Overpass
Beijing Traffic Scene, Bus and Footbridge Overpass
Man Carrying Young Child, Beijing, China
Businessman With Cell Phone, Beijing, China
Man Biking in the Rain, Beijing, China
The Great Wall on a Mountain Ridge
Tourists on the Great Wall of China
The Great Wall of China
Tourists at the Great Wall of China
Young Chinese Soldier
Pedestrian Tunnel in Downtown Beijing, China
Forbidden City at Night, Beijing, China
Chinese Soldier Outside the Forbidden City
Portrait of Mao Above Gate to Forbidden City
Entrance to the Forbidden City
Asian Tourist at the Forbidden City
Entrance of the Forbidden City, Beijing
Summer Palace Temple, Beijing, China
Stone Ship, Summer Palace, Beijing
Round Doorway at the Summer Palace, Beijing
Summer Palace, Beijing, China
Chinese Traffic Cop
The Forbidden City at Night
Chinese Soldiers near Tiananmen Square
Chinese Soldier at Attention, Tiananmen Square
Oriental Architecture, Beijing at Night
Woman Shopping in Beijing Mall
Beijing High-Rise Apartment
Beijing Airport Flight Board, Tourism Staff
Forbidden City Moat in Beijing
The Great Wall of China
Crowd at the Great Wall of China
Great Wall of China
Photographer at the Great Wall of China
Couple at the Summer Palace, Beijing, China


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