I’d like to start by saying it’s been lovely staying with you these last two weeks but I’m afraid it’s time for us to move on. You’ve been a great host and given us the perfect start to our trip. I’d like to share with you in this, our parting letter, a few things we have noticed about you during our stay.
Firstly, thanks for keeping us entertained for the whole two weeks, I know we said we’d only be around for a week but plans change and you were very accommodating. Just when we thought we’d found everything you had to offer we stumbled across something else and got to begin exploring all over again, you know how to keep us happy.
When we first arrived at the airport, our mission was to find the metro and navigate our way to the hostel, well what an unexpected delight that was, Two Yuan per journey, no extra charges for changing lines, maps everywhere showing the routes, announcement’s in English and clean well signposted stations….you’ve really out done yourself there. We took advantage of the metro daily so thanks for that and the buses weren’t bad either.’
As if you haven’t made it easy enough for us already there’s also cheap food for us eat on every corner and boy did we take advantage. Every morning, we took a trip to the supermarket to fill up on various pastries costing a twentieth of what they would back home and made the most of the cheap bottled water to keep us alive in your blistering heat. For our evening
For our evening meal, you made it just as easy and even fun! Night markets, just brilliant! Fresh local food of all varieties, some of it still alive – nice touch and again so cheap. Spicy noodles, kebabs, sweet corn, spring rolls, and fried ice cream, which are actually just donuts by the way! All there ready to be eaten on the nearest curb before running back and buying something else delicious. It got even better when we found another of your markets away from the main road where the same food was even cheaper yet again.
All of the things I’ve mentioned seem to evolve around being as cheap as possible and I hope you don’t take that the wrong way but this budget travel thing we’re doing means that’s just the way it has to be. Besides less time sitting in fancy restaurants, means more time exploring your many interesting streets.
Oh and one last thing before I go, I hope you don’t mind me asking, but do you ever relax and just take it easy? During our stay not once did we come across a time when you were quiet. Whether it was getting up at half five in the morning to visit the great wall or walking the streets in the early hours, you seem to have people just everywhere, all of the time. I guess that means you never have a dull moment and that’s the way you like it, we certainly did.
Well that’s about it for now, Beijing, I know you’re not the type to reply, so I hope you enjoyed having us as much as we did staying with you and hopefully we’ll see each other again someday.
Love Poi & Kirsty
P.S. I was going to ask if you could have a word with some of the locals about why they walk so slow all of the time but then I decided maybe that’s something for us to change about ourselves, we’re not in a rush anymore and it’s going to take some getting used to, we’re travelling.
More posts about China:
- First Time Visitors to Beijing
- What to Do in Beijing
- Things to Do in Shanghai
- Cycling Through Yangshuo Countryside China
- Climbing the Great Wall of China
- Hiking the Tiger Leaping Gorge in China
- Grab your China VPN here.
More Resources for Beijing
Check out these helpful travel guides:
- Lonely Planet Beijing (Travel Guide)
- Fodor’s Beijing (Full-color Travel Guide)
- DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Beijing and Shanghai
Poi and Kirsty are an English couple in their early twenties, currently travelling through China before heading off to explore South East Asia. The eventual plan is to visit Australia and New Zealand but with no set itinerary, even they don’t know when this will happen. They document their adventures on their own travel blog called No Place To Be