A foreign place I now call home - Huairou, Beijing, China

by Wesley Daniels February. 06, 2017 8534 views

This will be my first detailed blog and I think I have to start with a place that not many will have heard of but the place that I have lived for 7 years. Huairou is one of many districts of Beijing, China and is known as the beauty of Beijing as it is surrounded by mountains, lakes and is home to one of the Great Wall tourist zones - Mutianyu. 

The Great Wall at Mutianyu

There are a number of sections of the Great Wall to visit with Badaling (closer to Beijing City Center) being the most popular but The Great Wall at Mutianyu is an obviously popular tourist destination in Huairou and has become more popular recently. It has also recently had a makeover which has improved it somewhat. I personally prefer Mutianyu section because of the Toboggan ride down 

The toboggan down the Great Wall is the highlight for me (but that probably because I have seen the Wall enough times). Its a little dangerous if not careful but that's what I like about it

Another favorite tourist spot in Huairou is Qing Long Xia (Dragon Gorge). There are many activities here and its all set around a huge gorge. There is also quite a decent Bungee Jump.

The bungee that is quite a decent size and again a little dangerous due to the lack of health and safety (but it adds to the buzz for me)

Misty day on the rafts

Smoking man at the top of the cable car

The view from the cable car. This has to be one of the highest and longest cable cars I have been on. The views are incredible

There are many other places to visit in Huairou and in recent times it has become a very popular tourist destination for Beijingers as the whole district went through a makeover ahead of the 2014 APEC which was held at Yanqi Lake, Huairou. A few new highways were built allowing easier access from Beijing and all shops in the town had to standardise their signs etc. The Kempinski Hotel was also built and is now an iconic landmark in Beijing

The Kempinski Hotel at Yanqi Lake, Huairou

Spring Legend Village. This village is based on a Swiss Village and was also part of the improvement of Huairou. Its a lovely little area and is where I live

I am now running out of available slots for pictures so I will not be able to complete the whole list of what is in Huairou but what I have shown are the most popular. What I have not shown is what life is actually like, as in off the beaten track. What its like to live here and be one of the only foreigners living here, what the food is like, what the transportation is like and how to do basic things. I will cover this in another blog though as I realise there is a lot to fit in and I want to keep this short(ish).

I will leave you with these.....

As shown before, this is one of my best shots and was taken in Huairou. This is overlooking the reservoir from a small viewing platform

The reservoir during sunset

I hope you enjoy this post about a place that you may not have even heard of and I hope you will enjoy the future posts that will be along the same lines.

Cheers,

Wes


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Arif Rudiana 3 years, 2 months ago

great series of images, that images tell the stories..

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Wesley Daniels Replied to Arif Rudiana 3 years, 2 months ago

Thank you

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Stephanie 3 years, 2 months ago

Wonderful! Look forward to hearing and seeing more about your adopted area

3 years, 2 months ago Edited
Wesley Daniels Replied to Stephanie 3 years, 2 months ago

Thank you, more to come soon

3 years, 2 months ago Edited
Kaeyla Mcgee 3 years, 2 months ago

Really lovely images - you have a wonderful eye for balance. Looking forward to more.

3 years, 2 months ago Edited
Wesley Daniels Replied to Kaeyla Mcgee 3 years, 2 months ago

Thank you. Hope to provide more soon

3 years, 2 months ago Edited
Grant Lawrence 3 years, 2 months ago

Great stuff Wes.

Smoking man is brilliant.

3 years, 2 months ago Edited
Wesley Daniels Replied to Grant Lawrence 3 years, 2 months ago

Thank you, glad you liked it

3 years, 2 months ago Edited
Lisa Britton 3 years, 2 months ago

WOW!

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Holly Hassall 3 years, 2 months ago

#10 perfect

3 years, 2 months ago Edited
Holly Hassall 3 years, 2 months ago

#6 outstanding capture

3 years, 2 months ago Edited
Wesley Daniels Replied to Holly Hassall 3 years, 2 months ago

Thanks

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Ben Mckechnie 3 years, 2 months ago

Hey Wes. Excellent post! I really enjoyed your pictures and writing. You've whet the community's appetite
for the follow-up. I've been to the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall -- loved the toboggan on the way down!
I was speeding along not paying enough attention, didin't see the end coming and smashed into the back of a
German woman. She was not a happy lady! Think I gave her minor whiplash... Thanks for sharing this, seriously, it's
exactly the kind of thing the PhotoBlog community loves. Cheers!
Ben

3 years, 2 months ago Edited
Wesley Daniels Replied to Ben Mckechnie 3 years, 2 months ago

Thanks. It is more popular than I thought it would be. I am keen to post again. Great that you have experienced the toboggan, the end is usually the dangerous part as it is difficult to see it coming :)

3 years, 2 months ago Edited
Thomas Glaser 3 years, 2 months ago

Wow, what an absolutely amazing series! Well composed, colors that complement the atmosphere, and enjoyable writing. Thanks for showing these, Wesley!

3 years, 2 months ago Edited
Wesley Daniels Replied to Thomas Glaser 3 years, 2 months ago

Thank you, nice to hear

3 years, 2 months ago Edited
Ram Ya 3 years, 2 months ago

Absolutely breathtaking series. I love the compositions, vivid colors, and your introduction.
Thanks for taking us for a virtual tour of beautiful district of Huairou, Wes!

3 years, 2 months ago Edited
Wesley Daniels Replied to Ram Ya 3 years, 2 months ago

Thank you, glad you liked it

3 years, 2 months ago Edited
Debbie Daniels 3 years, 2 months ago

Brilliant pics xx

3 years, 2 months ago Edited
Wesley Daniels Replied to Debbie Daniels 3 years, 2 months ago

Thanks and thanks for joining :) xx

3 years, 2 months ago Edited
Stephanie Hyde 3 years, 2 months ago

Beautiful work...the compositions of these are just stunning. That hotel looks to be something out of a sci-fi movie! Very cool.

3 years, 2 months ago Edited
Wesley Daniels Replied to Stephanie Hyde 3 years, 2 months ago

Thanks. Yes it's a very cool building. It's actually called Sunrise Kempinski so it is supposed to resemble the sun over the lake

3 years, 2 months ago Edited
Mary Reddicliffe 3 years, 2 months ago

Well done Wes keep up the good work amazing journey x

3 years, 2 months ago Edited
Wesley Daniels Replied to Mary Reddicliffe 3 years, 2 months ago

Thanks Mary and nice to see you on here. Thanks for following x

3 years, 2 months ago Edited
Frank 3 years, 2 months ago

Holy smokes, those are spectacular shots, Wes. You truly have an eye for this. Can't wait to see more.

3 years, 2 months ago Edited
Wesley Daniels Replied to Frank 3 years, 2 months ago

Thanks. Glad you liked it

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