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Discovering China – 7 Packed Days Exploring Historical Marvels & Trendy Wonders


7-Day China Itinerary

Do you like touring to completely different nations and experiencing completely different cultures? In that case, you’re in for an actual deal with! Erin and her household lately launched into a 14-day journey to Vietnam and China. Their itinerary was jam-packed with bucket checklist sights, tradition, and distinctive meals.  In right now’s submit, we’ll break down their journey and each day discoveries particularly whereas they had been in China. So, whether or not you’ve been pondering of touring to China otherwise you simply wish to observe alongside on their journey, we’re masking all of it…and simply wait till you see the pictures! For those who’d wish to learn in regards to the particulars of their time in Vietnam, yow will discover that itinerary in this submit.

For those who’d like to see what Erin packed and wore on her journey, be sure to try this submit subsequent!

Great wall of china

Great wall of chinaThere are NO different individuals in these photos. The benefit of going early!

Great wall of china

Busbee family on great wall of china near beijing

Day 1- Arrive in Beijing

After 7 full and thrilling days in Vietnam, the Busbee’s boarded their flight to Beijing to embark on their subsequent journey in China. Erin’s husband, Chris, was tremendous enthusiastic about this portion of the journey and led the cost on their each day actions. They used Kensington Excursions which they extremely advocate. Kensington is costly, however with an aggressive itinerary like they deliberate, Erin says it’s value it! Since journey time from Vietnam and Danang was ~ 9 hours, they spent most of this present day touring, however did have a while to discover the streets close to their resort earlier than having dinner.

Their first impression was simply how giant town is with a inhabitants of simply over 22 million individuals. There have been a ton of surveillance cameras all over the place which undoubtedly contributes to the protection of town, but in addition that took some getting used t. Beijing was clear and really secure. They stayed at The Peninsula Beijing resort. Erin says the rooms are newly renovated, trendy and enormous, however that she would have most popular a extra conventional resort foyer versus the ‘high-end-shopping-mall-style’ foyer.

Day 2 – The Nice Wall of China

Throughout their first full day in Beijing, Jerry, their Chinese language tour information in Beijing, took them on a non-public tour of one of many 7 wonders of the world…the Nice Wall of China! (All of the guides gave themselves English names. Jerry stated his was in honor of Jerry Seinfeld.) The Nice Wall was undoubtedly a bucket checklist merchandise for the Busbee’s. They visited a small part of the wall, very early within the morning. Erin says she extremely recommends going early to keep away from crowds and have a way more relaxed expertise. You’re additionally climbing tons of stairs, which might be way more precarious with hoards of individuals. Listed here are some mind-blowing info in regards to the wall… it’s greater than 13,000 miles lengthy (let that sink in), it’s so lengthy and sizable, you may see it from house! The wall was constructed virtually 3,000 years in the past! As you stand there soaking it in, you may’t think about how they constructed all of it these years in the past. It’s undoubtedly a WONDER. Wow!

Erin admits she had combined emotions about The Nice Wall, although. On one hand, you may’t assist however be awestruck, however however, she realized that between 400,000 – 500,000 individuals misplaced their lives through the development, a lot of them nonetheless inside its partitions. Erin stated she felt that loss and the darkness round it, which led to the combined feelings.

The rolling forested hills across the wall had been beautiful, however there was one thing lacking. Erin’s son, Gage, was the primary to note the lacking sounds of wildlife. We’ll contact extra on that beneath.


what to do in Beijing China

Busbee's in Beijing ChinaA mother snapping a photograph of her youngsters with Elizabeth.

Day 3 – Beijing  – Sightseeing

There’s a lot to see within the metropolis of Beijing. The Busbee’s visited a number of completely different websites by way of a strolling tour with their English-speaking information, Jerry.  They visited Tiananmen Sq., which is likely one of the largest public squares on this planet (over 100 acres!). In Tiananmen Sq., there may be the Tiananmen Tower, the Monument to the Folks’s Heroes, the Nice Corridor of the Folks, and the Mao Zedong Memorial (plus, a WHOLE lot of cameras!) The Busbee’s requested Jerry in regards to the Tiananmen Sq. protests and what occurred precisely, and he stated that everybody you ask has a special story. Erin says it was the one time Jerry didn’t actually reply their query. (BTW, no query was off-limits which stunned the Busbee’s.) In addition they visited the Forbidden Metropolis within the coronary heart of Beijing which is a World Heritage Web site that has the most important variety of preserved historic wood buildings on this planet. It is usually the place “The Final Emperor” was filmed. Anybody keep in mind that film? Subsequent, they drove to the Temple of Heaven, a serene house with expansive gardens.

Observations About China

The Busbee’s had been stunned at simply how few American and European vacationers there have been in China (and likewise Vietnam). In every single place they went, individuals needed to take their image as a result of there actually wasn’t anybody else with blonde hair and light-weight pores and skin.

They’d heard in regards to the air pollution in China, however it was an fascinating factor to expertise. Erin described it as taking a look at life via a white filter. Some vacationers choose to put on masks to keep away from inhaling the air.

Erin says the meals was AMAZING in Beijing and that her household actually loved the normal dishes, “Scorching Pot” and Peking duck. They went to 1949, a Michelin Star Peking duck home, strolling distance from the resort and liked it! They carved up the duck table-side after hitting the gong. The Scorching Pot is a conventional dish the place you warmth meat your self by dipping a protracted stick in chili oil and spices. It was Elizabeth’s favourite.

Erin did some analysis about wildlife in China and why you don’t see many animals or hear many birds. Causes embody: they’ve lived there for 1,000’s of years, explosive inhabitants development and diminished habitats, not sufficient of an emphasis on conservation, local weather change, consuming uncommon issues as you may see from the pictures.


You may see the air pollution on this picture above. Making it difficult to see the small lake and surrounding buildings.

Busbee's taking pictures with Chinese

Acrobatic show in Beijing China

Day 4 – Summer season Palace

The Busbee’s began the day exploring the normal neighborhoods referred to as “Hutongs” which had been tucked behind all the trendy skyscrapers. This can be a maze-like grid of slim alleyways, which they toured by way of a rickshaw (bicycle taxi). Erin particularly liked taking part in a recreation just like hacky sack with the locals and stated it was one of many journey highlights for her. She stated it was fascinating to see and understand how the locals dwell, spending mornings within the park working towards Tai Chi, taking part in hacky sack and socializing.

The inhabitants of Beijing is HUGE and as you may guess, which means actual property is costly. In truth, the Busbee’s ate lunch at one of many native’s homes. (Homes are very uncommon.) The house was VERY rustic. It didn’t actually have a working lavatory. Their information, Jerry, later advised them that the house would promote for 10 million {dollars}! They had been shocked.

After lunch, they visited the Summer season Palace which is a man-made lake and mountain neighborhood that’s 5-10 levels cooler than town. The Dynasty of the time may escape right here to their summer time home to be cooler and escape the new, busy metropolis. They noticed temples, pavilions, and gardens and sailed round Kunming Lake on a small boat.

That night they watched an AMAZING acrobatic present which was one other journey spotlight! You may see one of many acts on a bicycle above (and way more together with movies over on Instagram!)


Day 5 – Beijing to Chongqing

After a brief flight (about ~2.5 hours), the Busbee’s made it to Chonquing, China. They’d a a lot completely different impression of Chonquing through the day versus nighttime. In the course of the day, components of town appeared like scenes from “The Final of Us.” Buildings appeared deserted and devoid of life. However, at night time, with all of the lights, town got here to life! You may see the lights in a few of the pictures above. That afternoon they boarded the Century Cruise to set sail on the Yangtze River. On the ship, they met, “Jack,” their new information, who can be one of many solely English-speakers they’d encounter for a lot of days.

Yangtze river cruise in china

Day 6-7  – Yangtze River Cruise

The websites from the river cruise together with the gorgeous countryside and Three Gorges alongside the Yangtze River had been lovely and such a stark distinction from the very grey and virtually apocalyptic setting of town. Erin actually loved the views from the cruise particularly the Qutang Gorge, which is legendary for its lovely rock formations. She did admit, nevertheless, that the “luxurious cruise” actually wasn’t tremendous luxurious. However, it was very completely different and distinctive! The Busbee’s had been comfortable to have outside decks of their rooms so they might take within the surroundings. There was about 8 non-Chinese language vacationers on the cruise, none of which had been American. (That’s a part of what made this expertise tremendous fascinating!) The Busbee’s undoubtedly stood out, but once more!

Erin has by no means been on a conventional cruise, solely smaller ships/yachts. This ship was 6 flooring – the largest but. Her favourite components of the cruise had been: 1) their information Jack – he was an actual character, 2) the gorgeous and distinctive surroundings and three) the UNREAL outside efficiency they noticed throughout one of many excursions. Erin says they virtually didn’t go the present, however she is SO glad they did. The entire household was blown away by it and determined if the present had been within the US, it could be unattainable to get tickets… as a result of it’s simply that good.

You might need observed Erin wore a few of the similar items on repeat throughout her time in China. The local weather was a lot cooler than she anticipated. She discovered herself wishing she had packed a pair extra sweaters and possibly a pair of denims. So, she simply layered as a lot as she may to maintain heat. Be sure to try this submit with extra information on her packing expertise for this journey.


Busbee's in Shanghai

Busbee's in Shanghai Busbee's in Shanghai
Busbee's in Shanghai

Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Shanghai

Day 8 – Shanghai

After they disembarked the cruise within the morning, the Busbee’s headed to the airport, and caught a flight from Yichang to Shanghai (~ 2 hours).  The entire household actually liked Shanghai. All of them felt it was a good looking metropolis, very clear and trendy with a beautiful, developed riverfront. Erin, Chris and Gage all remarked how they might even dwell there. Erin shared that the Previous City in Shanghai was very particular. They visited markets there and spent the day exploring consuming – together with a scrumptious ice cream, churro mixture. The Busbee’s sadly solely had in the future in Shanghai and want they might have spent extra time there.

One other pretty factor about Shanghai, not that many vehicles or visitors. So as to get a automobile in Shanghai, it’s important to purchase a license plate which may value round $100k USD!! If you wish to drive an electrical automobile, it’s much less, however you may solely receive your allow via a lottery system with slim odds. So, there are about 6 million automobile whole, for round 30 million individuals.

The Busbee’s stayed on the beautiful Mandarin Oriental Lodge in Shanghai for only a night time. The views and rooms had been unimaginable! The following day, they began their very LONG journey again house to Telluride!


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