We flew Harbin-Beijing on the 23rd to settle in Beijing for a few days, spend Staci’s 26th birthday there and also Chinese New Year. After the eventful journey from Harbin to the Airport, it was a welcome relief to arrive in Beijing where immediately everything just seemed to work more smoothly. The city was quiet as half of the population go home for the Spring Festival, this meant that lots of shops and restaurants were closed, but there was not much traffic, pollution wasn’t as bad, and public transport was quiet. All in all, a great experience in Beijing, and one of our favourite places in China.
The hostel was OK, central location in the Hutongs (small alleyways) and sold cheap beer, we had some great food, including the local unbelievably spicy lobsters and some really good dumplings. We also had the famous Beijing Duck, served a little bit different to how we know it back home, but really tasty. You order the Duck (whole or half) and condiments and pancakes, then the chef comes to your table with the roasted duck and carves it for you, the meat is delicious and the rest of the dishes we had were also amazing.