These days, China’s cities feature an impressive dose of Western influence, including wonderful restaurants and hotels, countless skyscrapers, designer stores and incredibly efficient public transportation.
In and around Beijing, we visited the Great Wall, The Temple of Heaven, Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City, the largest palace in the world consisting of 8,706 rooms on 170 acres. If you have any interest in traveling to China do it while you are still in good shape. We walked at least 5 miles a day!
While riding a bullet train from Xi’an to Beijing and then to Shanghai, we saw thousands of apartment buildings as we traveled the countryside. The Chinese call those that live in the rural areas “farmers”. However, if they actually farm they are called peasants. Residents living outside the cities are given their apartments by the government to discourage so many from moving to the crowded urban areas.
Next month I’ll continue our trip from Shanghai to Hong Kong and our Yangtze River cruise.
Why not join us on one of our adventures? February 2019, we’ll be escorting a group on a 14 day cruise around Australia and New Zealand.