It’s time to say goodbye to Beijing and move on to our second destination, Xian. We decided to travel by night on our first train ride. Since we did not buy our tickets in advance, we were only able to get hard sleepers and were split up among multiple compartments with other folks. It ended up being a good thing since we were able to chat it up with the different locals onboard. For the most part, the train was clean and comfortable.
Here are some more memorable pictures we took in Beijing.
One full day at the Summer Palace is just not enough. This was one of my favorites in Beijing by far. The property spans over a hill and a lake making it a tranquil place to relax and enjoy the incredible views. It’s hard to get over the fact this summer resort was made for one person, an empress.
When we exited the gates of the Lama Temple, a small tree-lined street across the way caught our attention. The limbs of the trees were dark, lean, and soared high enough to make everything below appear miniscule. At first glance, it reminded me of the trees that would come alive in the night in the haunted children stories. On the contrary, the healthy trees sprouted many leaves that when the sun was out, help light up the street to make it an inviting place to be.
Known as one of the most important Tibetan Buddhist monasteries in the world, we made a stop at the Lama Temple.
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