China bakery insight 2012: Sightseeing in Beijing

17 May, 2012

BB's Georgi Gyton blogs about the final day of her bakery tour in China, in which sightseeing is the order of the day.

Day five: Monday 14 May

Our final day of the trip was given over to a spot of sightseeing. Well, you can’t come all the way to China and not see some of the things it’s most famous for, can you?

We left the hotel at 8am and made our way to the Forbidden City, in the centre of Beijing, near Tiananmen Square. We spent the morning here finding out about the different dynasties in China, the emperors and their concubines.

Then we hopped back on the bus and drove an hour-and-a-half to the Great Wall of China. The weather was perfect for it – clear blue sky, warm and sunny. It’s certainly a spectacular sight.

After climbing 1,000 steps to the wall, you are greeted by an amazing view of rugged green mountains, and the stone wall weaving its way along the ridge, higher and higher.

Even when you got the actual wall, that was by no mean the end of the steps, the path carries you up further and further. The whole wall is around 5,500 miles long, so if you keep thinking, “I’ll just carry on to that next look-out point”, you’ll be up there a long while.

It’s staggering when you think about how something like this must have been constructed. All this stone hoisted up a mountain. It will make me think twice next time I’m struggling to carry some heavy shopping bags to the car.

Our final dinner – at Fangshan, an imitation Imperial restaurant – was fantastic. Located in a government park, we were led into our own room, beautifully decorated from top to toe.

The waiting staff, dressed in traditional Chinese attire, served us an array of ‘Royal’ food, from spicy chicken, to their speciality – a mince pork-stuffed sesame roll. The Chinese believe that if you think of your dream when eating one of these, then it will come true. I guess I’ll have to wait and see.

We each said an individual toast to round off the meal, and the trip, with the final toast by David Powell being: “Here’s to the next one.”





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