Beijing, China

Being Chinese myself, I have always wondered how it would be like to pay China a visit. I have always been intrigued by its uniquely structured buildings, bright city

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The Great Wall of China, Halun, 29 May 2009, CC BY-SA 3.0

lights, and imperial themed architecture that was featured in films and geographic magazines. As one of China’s oldest cities, it offers several attractions that you may have heard about, such as the Great Wall and the Forbidden Palace. Although it generally is a congested and vast location, Beijing is incised with crisscrossed roads that will help you travel around at a brisk pace.

 

I know that China is also infamous for its strongly polluted cities, but if you plan your trips around normal air quality then it shouldn’t be a problem. Ignoring this issue

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Poisonous haze covering China, NASA/GSFC, 25 June 2009, CC BY-SA 3.0

is one of the most common mistakes tourists make, as it could be detrimental to your health and energy levels. To avoid this, make sure to deviate from smog filled areas or wear a face mask when touring outdoors. This way, you can enjoy strolling around temple and palace grounds without the burden of exhaustion or risk of contracting lung cancer.

I also know that overpopulation is a prevalent issue in China, and public transportation can

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Congested streets of Shanghai, Chernov, 16 August 2013, CC BY-SA 3.0

be scarce or too crowded at times. It may be a challenge to find and book a taxi in a city, and buses are usually jam-packed. Unless you own a bicycle, walking or finding a way through the city streets may be a tough drawback.

 

Although these problems may be a complete turnoff for some visitors, I can’t figure out how it still

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2012 Lantern Festival, North Sea Deamer, 4 February 2012, CC BY-SA 3.0

appeals to me. It may be the enchanting lanterns that are hung as a homage to the Lantern Festival, its rich culture with delicious food, or its promises of impressive architectural achievements.

 

Even so, China will always be one of my prioritized places to travel to. With its prosperous culture and majestic city structure, it would be a shame not to

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Linxia Huasi Gongbei, Vmenkov, 26 July 2009, CC BY-SA 3.0

experience or witness for yourself. I highly recommend anyone with a passion for imperial art and architecture to pay Beijing a visit, as you will not be the least bit disheartened.

 

 

 

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