TRAVEL: Beijing, China

I’ve been a fan of Cebu Pacific’s promo fares, and this year’s vacation we spent in Beijing, China. We stayed there for 5 days 4 nights. It was also our first time to hire a travel agency, usually kasi DIY kami. We decided to avail a tour because first, we really want to explore the city given the limited time. Second, based on our research on the “places to visit,” medyo malalayo ang mga tour destinations, kunwari na lang ang Great Wall of China, it’s roughly 2 hours away from the city. Third, mahirap ang public transpo sa kanila, confusing and the cab fares are too expensive (14RMB= Php90 flag down). And lastly, we were challenged on how to communicate with them, aminin na talaga naten, nahirapan kame, konti lang sa kanila ang marunong mag English.

We booked the trip a year ago via Cebu Pacific Air. Promo fare kaya grab na kagad ng opportunity without even thinking na matagal pa yun. A month prior to our trip, we applied for our Chinese Visa, luckily, approved kami, ansaya lang.

Once all was settled, we coordinated with the travel agency. At first nagkaproblema kami but later on naayos naman. We got a really cheap package din, the whole tour only cost Php 12,500/ head. This includes round trip airport transfers, 5D4N accommodation, meals and tours. Sulit na sulit talaga.

Upon arrival at the airport, we were greeted happily by Amy, our local tour guide. Since it was already passed midnight, we went straight to our hotel to rest. Medyo nagkaron lang ng problem kasi they can’t find our booking reservation, the next day pa nila naconfirm with our agency.

First day were packed, heavy sa dami ng destinations. We were lucky because it was an exclusive private tour. Kami lang dalawa ni boyfriend, with Amy and Tian, the driver. Hindi masyado nagmamadali and solong solo namen ang car, feeling honeymoon lang 🙂

We visted the following tourist spots:

National Theater for Performing Arts, Beijing, China

National Theater for Performing Arts, Beijing, China

Forbidden City, Beijing, China

Forbidden City, Beijing, China

Old Hutong, Beijing, China

Old Hutong, Beijing, China

Temple of Heaven, Beijing, China

Temple of Heaven, Beijing, China

Acrobat Show at the Beijing Chaoyang Theater, China

Acrobat Show at the Beijing Chaoyang Theater, China

Roast Duck

Roast Duck Dinner

Since we’re still pumped up and the tour finishes a bit early, we decided to go out. There are several malls near our hotel, isang tumbling lang. First night was the coldest of our stay, 3 degrees if I remembered it right. Need to wear jackets and gloves para hindi manginig sa ginaw.

Will post a separate entry for our second day. Stay tuned 🙂

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