In China they help the blind to be employed and teach them a very good massage method.
This was awesome! But incredibly difficult to find. I googled and found places but the taxi drivers could not find them. We actually got dropped off at an amazingly cool mall that had art sculptures so enormous you rarely see stuff like this even in art galleries. This is what taxi drivers do, they drop you off wherever they want when they can’t find the place. I walked and my gps never found the spot.
I tried another location and a Chinese man helped me. He called the place for me and verified it was the right address. He gave the address to a taxi driver who refused to take me. The Chinese man said he would call a car for me with his account. He paid for it online and would not let me pay him back. He was incredibly sweet. When we got to the location, that car could not find it but I had him call the business with my Chinese cellphone and he was able to find it. When I got to the building I had to call and with my broken Chinese say I am here. They said wait a minute in English and came down to unlock the door to the multi story building.
You stay fully clothed and they use a towel over any area they touch when massaging. You are in a room with multiple beds. When I went there were two others getting a massage with me but you can make reservations to have more. He went up and down next to my spine on each side and would stop at pressure points. That was my favorite part. It was a full body massage for 120 rmb. It is good to make reservations as they don’t always have someone available. They did for me because we called ahead trying to find the place.
A side note, I use my translator app for everything. When I got there I was talking to the woman there and showed her my phone for her to read with a question I had. She said, ok speak slowly and then I realized, I am at a blind massage place, she is blind. A kind man who saw my idiot moment helped translate and later showed us to a dumpling restaurant near by and helped us order food.
Temple of Heaven
This was very enjoyable because we went there when it first opened and we got the audio guide as we walked aournd. The audio guide pretty much was bad. But we watched local Chinese people playing with these balls as they excercised and would kick them to each other. There were others excersicing to music doing different movements. The temple itself was nice to see and walk around. The best part was there was no crowd. Once we were there too long, the crowd came and I did not care to wait in line to see the inside of the buildings and we left.
Hated most every moment due to the heat and the crowd. It was awesome to see but not worth it for me. I wonder if we got there early if it would have been better. We got there at 10 am and it was already too crowded. A woman old me we could not get tickets unless they were prebooked online so I left the others behind to investigate. It took me an hour to get back to them because I could not exit where I entered. The woman was wrong and you can get tickets there but you must have your US passport with you. There is luggage storage at the entrance and also before we enter. We left ours once inside and it was at the exit waiting for us when we reached it. There were way too many sweaty bodies for me to struggle seeing the inside of the buildings and the audio guide was just ok. If I was there with less people, I would have absolutely loved it though because it is an enormous city used by the emperors and the stories behind it were incredibly interesting.
Great Wall of China
Hike from Zhengbeilou Tower part of Jinkou to Mutianyu tower #14 to take cable car or tower #6 to take toboggan down
We took the 916 Express bus to Huairou Bei Da Jie. When there, we hired a van that took us to XiZhaZi village. He dropped us off and said go up then right. We followed signs that said leave no mark and followed a trail hoping it was the right one. We figured we were on an adventure and would make it there. We did see red ribbons tied around on our way to the tower. We got to Zhengbeilou tower and it was clear which of the two walls to take toward Muntianyu because it was in better shape. We braved an over 5 hour hike. We had lots of stops and kids with us. They all were capable of the hike, even my 7year old. This was an amazing way to experience the Great Wall and I would not have done it any other way. Most of the time when we were in the unrestored section we were alone except for a few others braving the trail. This is the Jiankou section. At times we had to hold on to the wall so we would not slip. Once we got to Muntianyu we saw many more tourists and the wall was in great shape although still had up and down walking. You can take a cable car down from the wall to get to the entrance area but we opted to go another 40 minutes to the toboggan. It is quite expensive for 6 of us but it was fun. Would have been more fun if the lady in front of us did not stop as much. We just wanted to go fast but not often got the chance. You are not suppose to stop but the people in front of you do what they want. And there are a lot of people in front of you. Kind of sucked. There is an information building that can give you details for a bus you can take into town from there to catch the 916 back but we opted to pay a little more and have a car drive us so it would be faster.
This is a must. Scorpions on a stick and who knows what other fried bugs you can eat. They had some little shops with cheap souvenirs as well and local food you can eat.
We enjoyed seeing the ancient architecture in the deteriorated condition that people still live in. We ventured from the converted hutongs that are shopping and saw the living quarters. The shopping area did not dissapoint in the architecture either. Things seemed a bit cheaper there although we were not there to shop. We all got a 30 minute foot rub in one of the shops. Mine just plain hurt the whole time and I loved it thinking it would do some good in the end. The others were hit and miss. I think to give us all one at the same time, they pulled people from areas not trained in massage. My 10 year old Isabella said hers tickled, and my husband said his lady was probably disgusted by his feet because she hardly massaged. The taxi guy we got to go there was horrible. We were at the railway station and he took us a different direction to try to get more money on the meter. I confronted him when it had gotten to 118rmb and told him to let us out. He said, ok ok and I pointed to the meter and he said ok and he turned it off. We should not have paid even 100rmb but I paid him what the meter said. I am just glad I had my gps on to confront him or we would have paid much more.
Quanjude Roast Duck (Wangfujing)
We went to the first ever Peking Duck restaurant. It is very famous and a must try in Beijing although we did not love the meal. It was greasy and nothing special. The presentation was great and we very much enjoyed it. The price tag is high. They cut up some of the duck and give you the rest to take home. We did not have a reservation and got right in. I put the address in the gps and made it there from the metro station. 13 Shuaifuyuan Lu, Wangfujing, Dongcheng District, Beijing, China (Tian’anmen / Wangfujing
Chaoyang Theatre, “FLYING ACROBATICS SHOW”
This was a very enjoyable show. It was nothing like a Las Vegas production but the talent was amazing. The kids can bend their bodies more than what is natural. They ride a bicycle and climb on each other as one person pedals. They have too many motorcycles enter a round cylinder. They have the famous Chineses stacking of chairs as a person climbs up the chair tower. It was nice. You can get discount tickets if you get them online from their website or you pay full price at the door. They don’t sell out. This is the address: 36 North East Third Ring Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing