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Our first day discovering Beijing

Hot as hell but pleasantly surprised

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We definetly came to China reluctantly and with low expectations. But we are very very surprised. Beijing is super organised, one of the cleanest Asian cities we have been to, the people are quite nice, and the food (so far) as been delicious. And of course everything is cheap.



Started the day with a visit to the police station to register. Our airbnb host walked us there though the hutongs (small alleys) and showed us a lot of things including recommended places to eat. There are spotless and free public toilets everywhere (five just in our small hutong). We found out the reason is because many people do not have toilets in their home!



Had lunch at a dumpling restaurant ($10 for both of us including beer) and bought some supplies from supermarket. The alcohol aisle was interesting. Looks normal enough...


...until you start looking...onion wine!!!


...or how about a big night out with a 5L platic container of 60% spirits for just $15 !!!


There is every imaginable vehicle here, but a lot of electric bikes and scooters which can be a bit frightening as they come up behind you because they are totally silent.






Extremely hot and humid. More than Cairns! The sky is grey and the pollution is terrible. Waited until it cooled a little in the afternoon to walk to Jingshan Park a popular place to see sunset.


A very surprising star.pngstar.pngstar.pngstar.png 4 star day

Posted by MikeinCairns 07:01 Archived in China

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