Adventures in Beijing

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The 2008 Olympics officially get underway in just two days, and the eyes of the world will turn to China, who is hoping to put on an impressive show. Thousands of visitors are about to descend on Beijing, while millions more watch around the world, and Gorp.com wants to show us that there will be plenty of other things to do there besides watch the athletes.

In their Beijing Adventures article, they offer up some great suggestions of things to see and do while in the capital of China. The first part of the story offers up suggestions to do “on foot”, which of course means walking the Great Wall. Part two moves thing to “on wheels” and suggests touring the city by bike, rickshaw or sidecar. There are also ideas for golfing while in Beijing, or pursuing outdoor adventures on the water and snow, although you don’t have to worry about the latter in the middle of the Summer Olympics.

I can say from first hand experience that Beijing is quite the city. It’s very modern and vibrant, with millions of people crowding the streets, and brightly lit sections that will remind you of Tokyo. When visiting this area of China, I definitely recommend visiting the Wall, but don’t miss out on the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square either. There are also numerous temples and parks to visit as well, and with a culture more than 5000 years old, it’s easy to find things to see and do.

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