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.
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
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.
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
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.....
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.