First 4 pictures are from a visit to the Ming Dynasty tombs. There is an exhibit hall with burial objects. Unfortunately, our tour guide took us to a tomb that was big and important but not yet excavated, so we weren’t able to see how they look inside.
Last 3 pictures are from the Great Wall. Given the crowding, difficult terrain and limited time imposed by the guide, it was next to impossible to enjoy it properly. I left that place with the feeling that I missed the might associated with biggest man made structure in the world.
The National Museum of China is conveniently located on the side of Tiananmen Square. It has collections covering from ancient times until the Qing Dynasty. However, most areas dedicated to the modern period were documented in Chinese only, so I was unable to find out the official contemporary position about the Great Leap Forward or the Cultural Revolution.
Worth seeing even for not the art inclined person; free admission.
As soon as we returned to Beijing from the DPRK we decided to circumvent the mobility problem by renting a pair if bicycles. Finally we were able to move efficiently and to go around the city.
Unfortunately, the more we moved the more disappointed we were. First of all, although there is no exhaust smell (all motorbikes have electric motors and batteries, and the resit of the vehicles are fairly new) the air is so polluted with fine dust that we have never able to see the sky, during our stay. Furthermore, except for a few major sights, most of the traditional buildings are gone (some say as a result of Mao’s Great leap forward movement in the ’60s), being replaced with western style office and apartment buildings. Furthermore, food and drinks are very expensive, something we haven’t encountered in Asia before. Average meal costs way more than it would cost in Los Angeles 🙁