we're back from beijing!
not as lively as Hongkong but the greatwall and other places of interest worth the visit.
Sa Great wall, we joined a small group tour cost USD30/person. includes 13 emperors tombs. greatwall (mutianyu side)chinese food lunch at Mr. Yangs restaurant. jade factory, silk factory and the birds nest stadium. we stayed at Capital hotel club room. free in room internet, free buffet breakfast were great, afternoon high tea, free beer, juices, coffee, etc at the club floor lounge. Good that it's near Wangfujing shopping area, walking distance to tiananmen square, forbidden city, china museum etc. may nadiscover pako na shopping area called Dazhalan daijie that sells super cheap china products . ang saya ng place lalo na sa gabi, feeling ko nasa Ming and Qing dynasty era ako LOL. we tried the subway train going to Xidan (shopping area too) Silk street is a must... dito masusubukan ang galing mo sa pagtawad, i bought one LV wallet (really look like an original) priced at 500yuan then super tawadako hanggang nakuha ko sa 30yuan hehe. i also bought a super nice pashmere winter trenchcoat for me (3 degrees ang lamig sa Beijing eh) also for hubby. priced 2800yuan, then kakatawad ko eh nakuha ko sa 120yuan! (saw the same brand sa greenhills priced at 4500pesos) peso to yuan conversion is P6.4 to 1yuan
i bought pasalubong like beijing assorted candies/dried fruits and preserved peking duck.... sooo yummy!
downsides: very few people understand/speak english. if you will use taxi, be sure to have your destination written in chinese characters (use google translator) or ask help from your hotel reception, better if may map kayo to show . noticed that some public restrooms are dirty/smelly. as in
beijing airport super dull, and may tendency nga na mawala bags mo kase they didn't check baggage claim stubs.
overall, our Beijing vacation is one great experience!