Beijing was our final stop for a large group touring China, having had stays in Shanghai and Xi'an prior to Beijing. Entering the resort, it felt superior to the Golden Flower in Xi'an, but not as exquisite as the Pudong Shangri-La in Shanghai. It was very nice, however, and we looked forward to receiving our room assignment.
Upon entering the room, we were satisfied completely with our acommodations and the standard of cleanliness - very comparable to that of a 5 star resort here in the U.S. We had 4 days of tours with our group, lots of walking and lots of standing - taking in the culture and history to the point of exhaustion. Returning to the hotel and to our room was something we looked forward to each day.
The restaurant in the hotel was very good and we had a breakfast buffet included in our tour plan, which provided a good variety. I stuck with eggs, toast, and fruit, as the Chinese cuisine we had explored up to the time of arrival in Beijing had me seriously pained for a steak and baked potato. One evening, I settled for grilled salmon and rice in the hotel restaurant, which was wonderful. One other night we had free of tour-planned dining, we found an Outback Steakhouse and took a taxi there so I could get my fix.
Beijing is an amazing place. So much history and culture. The Great Wall was an adrenalin rush. We climbed the wall to the toboggan ride down, which was a thrill. We felt like total rock stars, walking/climbing the Great Wall of China. Who does that??? My absolute favorite experience of our 10 days in China. The Summer Palace was amazing. The Olympic venue was fun, until we realized we were a few feet away from the scene of a pick pocket brawl. We were distracted, as our tour guide pointed out numerous people stopping to take pictures with us in the background or just literally posing beside us. He said they were "mountain" people who thought we were American celebrities. Too funny! But then we turn and there is a pick pocket fight breaking out behind us and our minute in the spotlight quickly subsided and the reality of what was going on left us dumbfounded. The Forbidden City tour was very educational and interesting - the last tour of our trip and I was Chinese history'd out, missing home desperately.
Overall, we had a great time in Beijing. The Pearl Market is a MUST! The people here did not seem as welcoming or as quick to approach us as in Shanghai. It truly is a different vibe in Beijing compared to Shanghai, with my preference being Shanghai because it most resembles what we are accumstomed to, more of our comfort zone. We went for the cultural experience though, and we got plenty of it. Kids were very curious about us Americans. It was fun to make eye contact with the kids, as they would get very excited having your attention on them. I would do it all again in a heartbeat.
I have not a single complaint about this hotel. The spa is incredible. My husband and I did a couple's massage and it was an experience we will always remember. We couldn't have asked for anything more.
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