USSD Visits Beijing (北京市)
On July 5th, we left The Shaolin Temple in Dengfeng for Beijing via the bullet train! After the 3-hour train ride, we arrived in Beijing and checked into our hotel. We embarked on several tours including, Thoe Forbidden City, which was built in 1406 – 1420. The Forbidden City was the Chinese imperial palace from the Ming dynasty through the Qing dynasty (1420 to 1912). The Forbidden City is located in the center of Beijing, China.
Then we were taken to The Great Wall of China! Believe me, when I say pictures do not do the Wall justice! The Great Wall of China stretches 13,171 miles (21,196 km). The construction work for the wall lasted on and off for well over 2,500 beginning about 475 – 221 BC all the way to the Qing Dynasty (1644 – 1911).
The wall stretches from Hushan, Liaoning in the east and ends at Jiayuguan Pass, Gansu in the west, crossing over Liaoning, Hebei, Beijing, Tianjin, Shanxi, Shaanxi, Inner Mongolia, Ningxia, Gansu, and Qinghai Provinces. Beijing boasts the most existing sections, including both the most well-preserved and wild ones, such as Badaling, Mutianyu, Juyongguan, Jinshanling, Simatai and Jiankou.