Weekend in Beijing | Part 1

Taylor and I just got back from a weekend trip to Beijing!

As China residents, we’ve been dreaming about visiting this city together for a few months now. It’s so close, yet so far! Taylor had visited Beijing maybe 4 or 5 times before on his own, but I only visited for a few hours before my flight to Hawaii back in July. We waited until October to visit for a few reasons:

  1. It’s way less crowded. Tourists who travel to China can usually be found in Beijing and Shanghai during the summer months.
  2. The weather was much cooler, making it more enjoyable to walk around.
  3. We wanted to see the Great Wall of China while the leaves were transitioning.

With that being said, you should consider visiting Beijing during the Fall too! I’m so glad we waited. I think this is the best time to visit China in general.

We took a high speed train from Nanjing to Beijing Sunday night after Taylor got off work. We left at 7pm and arrived around 11pm. For some reason, the train station in Beijing wasn’t allowing anyone to exit through the taxi station so we were all pushed to the street. Our estimated DiDi (Chinese Uber) wait time was over 2 hours!! They also weren’t allowing Taxis to come to the street where everyone was standing in the cold?? #china In order to get to our hotel, we had to jump in a taxi with a complete stranger and pay him half the ride just to get out of the area. After driving for 15 minutes, we got out and tried ordering a DiDi again. Thankfully, we only waited 10 minutes this time.

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The next morning, we headed to the MLB China headquarters! We’d heard only good things about it, so we wanted to check it out ourselves. This was like a baseball lovers dream space!

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We had lunch with Tay’s boss before heading to the Beijing Zoo!

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It only cost 19RMB ($3) each to enter the zoo and see the panda exhibit! If you don’t want to see the panda’s, it’s even cheaper!

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After a few hours of walking around, we went to Tiananmen Square. It’s located in the center of Beijing and was built back in 1415 during the Ming dynasty. We had our photo taken in front of the entrance for 15RMB ($2.50) as a keepsake! 🙂 By the time we got to the square they were shutting things down, so we got to walk from the front gate to the back gate for free!

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One of the biggest reasons we enjoy coming to Beijing, is for the food! If you’re an American looking for comfort in China, then you HAVE TO check out Sanlitun. It’s a big western area and we love exploring here. We had dinner at The Local, which is Tay’s favorite! I ordered a hot spiced apple cider and the chicken parmesan sandwich. Both were amazing!!

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After devouring our dinner, we went next door to The Bookworm for drinks! This was the cutest place ever and I wish there was something like it around us in Nanjing. As a bookworm and all things cozy myself, this was like heaven to me! It’s a library/bar/cafe! We each ordered a whiskey sour and skimmed books about China. I could literally spend all day here.

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We topped off the night with some ice cream from Cow’s! I was in the mood for something extra sweet, so I ordered the birthday cake flavor and Taylor ordered the peanut butter cup!

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We crashed early once we got back to our hotel because we had to be up early the next day. We were traveling to the Great Wall of China in the morning! Stay tuned for part 2 of our Beijing trip! xoxo

 

 

Berlin Zoo

When Taylor and I discovered that there was a zoo in Berlin, we immediately knew we wanted to go. We were leaving for Munich the same day later in the evening so we needed to carry our backpacks with us wherever we went. The zoo gave us the opportunity to stroll around for a few hours while giving us a few hours to explore Berlin by foot before heading out. We had the BEST time.

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I promise he isn’t dead, he was just rolling around. 🙂

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The Berlin zoo is the oldest zoo in Germany and they have a ton of different animals to see. We were pleasantly surprised at how clean and tidy everything was. They also have an aquarium, which I’m sure is just as great. Tickets are normally 20 euros for adult day tickets, but thankfully we had our student ID cards which made it 15 euros per person. Tickets also vary depending on group size and age.

Next up…LUNCH!

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Side note: Taylor ate pizza at least 29382074 times on this trip.
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I had a burger twice during the trip, once in Berlin and once in Munich. Although it was yummy, the meat was very different than American meat. It had more of a sweeter taste to it.

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I LOVE German food. I can’t think of one thing we ate that wasn’t amazing. I wish I could remember the name of this restaurant because the food was delicious and the staff was super friendly!

It was so sad to leave Berlin, but we were both very excited to explore Munich next! We were going to be on a train overnight so we walked around the rest of the afternoon as much as possible. 10527801_735996963123823_1021415230997799964_n

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A man and his pizza…

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I have zero complaints about taking the train to Munich, however, we had a transfer around midnight and only had about 5 minutes to find our next train and hop on. To say it was exhilarating and exhausting is an understatement. We made it with a few minutes to spare thanks to Taylor. He is just so good at with these things!

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Next up…MUNICH! Follow us around here.