I felt almost ashamed to be a Chinese born who visited China almost every year but had never been to Beijing or seen the Great Wall. This was all amended at this holiday and it was well worth the wait.
We were driven to a section of the Great Wall that was about 2hrs from Beijing. As a result, it wasn't too crowded and we had a great time exploring. I did not expect the Great Wall to be so hilly but it was. What a work out!
Kung fu show
With intense exercise comes great appetite. The thing I was looking forward to the most in Beijing even more than any of its iconic sites was Peking duck. We tried Peking duck at a restaurant called Made in China, which I'll blog about separately.
We stumbled across an awesome open air food market in Beijing that sold everything from smoking drinks to live, wriggly, skewered scorpions. It was quite an experience even just walking around and observing the stalls.
Other food we tasted in Beijing seemed more generically Chinese but I'll include photos on this post anyway.
Steamed pork belly and buns