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Spending my vacation in Beijing and Jeju by mylomook on 6 July 2010 4:39am
So once again my plans have changed. I had to drop the idea of traveling to vietnam, mostly because of schedule conflicts and monsoon season.

The new plan is Beijing, China and then Jeju Island, South Korea.

We were originally thinking of taking a ferry to China, but since we are only going to be there for 5 days we don't want to lose an entire day in travel.

We want to do the touristy stuff of Beijing and check out the night life, but we also want to expereince lesser known China. Has anyone been to Beijing and where you suggest visiting?

After my trip to China I am flying to Jeju island, which is suppose to be the most beautiful place in Korea. I am excitied to see a different part of Korea. I am hoping to do some camping and hopefully some bungee jumping or other crazy activities. I don't know if many people have visited Jeju before and if you have it would be great to hear your take on the island.

This will be my last hurrah in Asia. After I get back from my trip I will have less than a month before I will return to America, so hopefully this trip will be a success.
Re: Spending my vacation in Beijing and Jeju by Davecolyer on 18 July 2011 11:00am
I've only just registered on this site, so your holiday is probably already over. Anyway,we've been to Beijing half a dozen times and usually stay in The Golden Palace Silver Street Hotel. Doesn't always get great reviews in the hotel website, but we're used to it and its in good walking distance to one of the main shopping streets in Wan Fujing Lu, which is near the famous restaurant where Peking Duck was invented, plus a huge covered shopping mall, where we found a good French bistro called Bread, where you can get a reasonable coffee and croissant. Plus they have loads of different restaurants, but the designer shops are expensive. We booked a 2 day tour of Beijing at the hotel, which was pretty cheap, ran by young English speaking students, who take you round the tourist spots, carrying a flag so you don't lose them. Lunch is usually included in the price, but they do take you to places of interest where you might get persuaded to buy stuff-so be careful not to buy anything, unless you've got enough to spend on souvenirs. We went to a pearl and a jade factory, which was interesting until you got to the sales area, so be wary. They also took us round the Forbidden City, Great Wall, Ming Tombs, Royal Palace and Beyhai Gardens-all magnificent. Its a good way to see everything, as its a local showing you around and explaining the history.
I know there's a great swimming park in Shanghai, with huge water rides and sliding down a tunnel of water, but not quite sure where it is.
One of the lesser known places we went to was Zhuhai, near Macao, which has a fantastic park, with huge statues, water gardens, lakes where they stage mock pirate battles in galleons, plus a museum and theatre. If you're in a city, you can book cheap day trips by bus, to places of interest, which is good value, with a guide.
Another good place was Qufu, in Shandong, which has the college founded by Confucius, with his grave and with old buildings in a large park.
My wife's home city is Jinan and last Christmas I was persuaded to dress up as Father Christmas and teach some local children a couple of Christmas carols.

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