China Day 4: Hutong and the Temple of Heaven

Today is our last day in Beijing, so while the bus is loading up I have some time to take a few pictures of the street in front of the hotel.  From the noise at night I know this is always a busy street and this morning the parade of bicycles, cars, and buses continues nonstop …

The first stop is a hutong – a neighborhood of traditional “courtyard” homes. We visit a hutong that overlooks a lake …

After seeing the Pandas at the Beijing Zoo, we have lunch at McDonald’s  …

On the bus ride to the Temple of Heaven we pass the very distinctive headquarters building for China Central Television …

 

… and finally we arrive at the Temple of Heaven.

 

After dinner we head to the Beijing West Train Station and board the overnight Z19 train to Xi’an …

 

It’s not the Orient Express, but the train to Xi’an is an adventure.

Tomorrow we visit the Terracotta Warriors.

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