Beijing

Nefer Sehgal takes you on a short trip to  Beijing

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Flying over Beijing had to be the most peaceful part of the trip because when we landed I was introduced to smog, vehicles, noise pollution and lot of human traffic. I was not ready for this adventure till I bought a couple of air filter masks.

China is well known as a self-reliant country.  It has little influence from other cultures and despite having many tourist destinations most of the population of Beijing does not speak English. But it is still easy to navigate; taxi cabs and tour buses are readily available at hotels. Though or me to navigate with ease, Google translate on my iPhone became essential.

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If you have to shop in Beijing then you must go to Pearl market or Silk Street, you will be surprised at what you can find in these locations. In my hunt for imitation pearls I ended up with colourful wigs and a Samsung phone. Brush up on your bargaining skills because nothing will be at a reasonable cost.

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However one cannot experience much of China at the shopping markets, I would suggest head straight to the famous sights such as The Great Wall and the Forbidden city. A look into China which was just as ambitious but lavished in jade, silk and Imperialism.

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My personal opinion as a tourist and a photographer is to hit the historical sites as opposed to Modern Beijing.

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