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China, Studies: Beijing – Feels Like at Home

Published: 19.12.2015
After several weeks on the road we were about to return to Beijing. What a strange feeling it was. B and I felt like we were coming back home even though we lived there only half a year. We took a train from Lijiang 丽江 Kunming 昆明, the capital of Yunnan province 云南. We stayed there for couple of days. Eventually we were even glad we managed to buy flight tickets because it was a last minute buy as we had been waiting for them to become cheaper.

We met couple of friends in Kunming. They were staying there at the time. Together we capitalized on beautiful weather. Then we entered our plane and landed in hell. Yes, Beijing was still bathing in the heat wave which became even more ferocious than before. Or maybe the shock was grounded in the fact that we returned from the mountainous south..

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Only couple of days were left on our count in Beijing. T and P were about to leave for the Czech Republic. B and I started to prepare ourselves for more than a month worth of travels in Vietnam. We departed on the same day as our friends. And our intention was to enjoy the rest of our stay in Chinese capital. T and P had seen something from Beijing already, yet they hadn’t seen the Great Wall of china (Changcheng in Chinese 长城, literally „long wall“). Therefore, our plan was set.

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We longed to show them the section forbidden to tourists. Yet eventually we took them Huanghuacheng 黄花城, literally „the wall of yellow flowers“, truly a magical name. Every summer yellow flowers blossom here and later it gave the name to the village. It is really easy to get there (yet we would doubt this claim later), and despite its accessibility there are not many people there.

Beijing

This section is renovated, partly. Partly this 11 kilometer section is crumbled. It is about 10 kilometers from Beijing to here. Which is basically nothing. So we packed some stuff to our backpacks (some candies and lots of water) and took headscarfs. We were content that the weather is good.

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What was joy originally soon changed to the classic: “where is the bus which should stop at this very spot?” A married couple was also waiting there. The man couldn’t stand it more and waved at a taxi. Losers – we thought. We put scarfs on our heads, took off our backpacks, sit on the curbstone and were waiting. And waiting. Waiting for a bus which would take us to the famous Great Wall of China.

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