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Written by: A.Beganovic on August 3, 2014.

Trans-Siberian Railway, Part X, The Great Wall, Beijing

What we did in Beijing We tried to see and visit as much as possible. We went to a pharmacy where we bougth some special tea and heard some medical doctors, specialists in the Traditional Chinese medicine. We went to a typical local restaurant and we visited a factory of the original Chinese tea. We also visited a huge jewelry store. In the central city of Beijing we found a food festival place where it was possible to see and eat all different kind of e.g. sea food, fishes and insects. Chinese Yanjing beer tasted also very well. We found a big toy store where we also bought some cool toys. IMG_1514 The city is very huge. Approximately 22 million inhabitants. It is like 3 Sweden and like 1 SFRJ -  Yugoslavia.   Further adventures Besides the Forbidden city we visited another places with big park and temples. IMG_1491 IMG_1488 IMG_1493IMG_1515 IMG_1517 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nz-G-uR87r0 Vi visited a huge lake inside the central part of Beijing and there we took a boat to another side of the Lake and back. On that other side we walked in a very very long passage. It must have been up to 2 kilometers long, I do not remember the exact length but it looked endless from the  inside. IMG_1500 IMG_1501 IMG_1502 IMG_1503 IMG_1505 IMG_1506 IMG_1507 IMG_1509 And in some moments we were little bit tired... IMG_1498 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zfzJwVY52Q0 We also had a private city tour by the bus. The bus trip was very cheap. Only 1 Chinese yuan for a trip inside the city. IMG_1543 IMG_1544 IMG_1546 IMG_1547 IMG_1562 IMG_1555 IMG_1561 IMG_1553 IMG_1560 IMG_1556 IMG_1559IMG_1550 IMG_1551 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YG2xEfmp-Co https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TucHqvwbnco https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DMLyqRa-ZzY https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J7oumSEdF2E In another one restaurant we ordered some food, similar to that we ate in the hotel, but it was not so very similar. In the menu it looked similar but it was not. We gave up and took a walk around and found a huge screen above us. It was hanging between some high buildings. We also took a very long walk in the night in  the city . IMG_1489 IMG_1563 IMG_1566 IMG_1570IMG_1571 IMG_1572 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YGkgYHdGjw0 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1NU0ir_tQu0 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1SB6uFdGsRI https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4N7AqDBo1_A   The Chinese Great Wall Of course we visited the Chinese Great Wall too. We took a ropeway up the Wall. A man from our tourist group (from Philipines) said that he first time, many years ago, had to fly with the chopter up to the wall because they did not finished the ropeway. IMG_1522 IMG_1525 IMG_1526 IMG_1527 IMG_1529 IMG_1532 IMG_1533 IMG_1534 IMG_1535 IMG_1538 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ffveT-hIhY0 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=daiCXMEGjeM On the Great wall the weather was not so very nice. It was cold and cloudy. Anyway, there were many people. We found also a very interesting insect there, a centipede. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JmrngUZdj9o   The flight back to Copenhagen And sadly, this wonderful was over. That heavy word "over" sounded very sad. We took taxi to the airport. It was of course also gigantic, as many other things in Beijing. We had to take train from the check-in to the gates and it was something like they have in Chicago on the O'Hare airport. The pictures below show the area of Russia. Somewhere on the way to Omsk - the city we passed through with the train - that was a very nostalgic moment! IMG_1573 IMG_1574 IMG_1575 IMG_1576 IMG_1577 So, Beijing and China... you are great and you gave me, you gave us something wonderful. We discovered that our little Europe is simply very little. USA looks also very little comparing to the big China. Russia and China, together with Mongolia opened some new doors and created some new points ow view. If you, reader, ever experience this trip you should be able to understand what exactly I mean. Communicating live with the Russian people in Moscow and Yekaterinburg, with a man from Omsk, with a kid Daniel at the train, with two newcomers in Novosibirsk, a Russian woman from Berlin (in german), with the Nomad family in Mongolia, with the Chinese salesmen like many other people we met including our tourist guides is something which together with the complete trip including all experiences is worth the 110.000 SEK we payed for this 18 days long adventure.   Some last words... Our loved Mother, thank you once again. You gave us something special. It is not possible to describe with the words how rich I, as the writer of all these 10 articles, feel now. It begun with the love and it ends now with the love..  

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