Because I don’t have classes on fridays this semester, I have been trying to use these days to go see Beijing! Beijing is such a huge city both population wise and landwise and has thousands of years of history embedded into it. I have been here for over 2 months and I feel like I still have so much to see!
Here are some photos of places I have gone to visit so far:
Fragrant Hills (香山)—This area takes about 2 hours to get to from Tsinghua University by public transportation. My german friend Mark and I biked to the subway station and managed to catch the Fragrant Hills bus at around 10:30am. On this bus we actually saw a whole group of other students we knew from Tsinghua University! We finally arrived at around lunchtime and although it was sunny and blue-skyed in the morning, it got much hazier as the day went on. It was also very hot for a late October day. It took us about an hour to climb up the hill and the views were wonderful. I could have seen almost all of Beijing had it been non-smoggy. The leaves were starting to change colors, it was a good time to travel to Fragrant Hills.
Temple of Heaven (天坛) — The Temple of Heaven
The picture below is the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests. Constructed in the early 15th century, this complex of Taoist buildings was visited by Emperors of the Ming and Qing Dynasties for annual ceremonies of prayer to heaven for good harvest.
Jingshan Park （景山公园）—Located directly north of the Forbidden City, coming to this park on a clear day provides beautiful views of the Forbidden City and of Beijing!
I also have been making 11:11 wishes since I was about 12. So for 11:11 on 11/11/11 I made an epic wish! I was on the subway at the time.