Written by Kimberley Yuen
After 5 jam-packed days, our journey in Beijing is coming to a close. Today, our last day, was possibly the most demanding. We followed our daily morning routine and set off to tackle the Great Wall of China, one of the most famous sights in Beijing and possibly all of China. Besides its rich history, beautiful scenery and amazing architecture, the Great Wall was definitely an exciting and great challenge for everyone. We dispersed into our groups and everyone set off on their chosen paths. It only took one or two flights of uneven stairs to cause everyone to break a sweat. I thought I would be able to climb the Wall relatively comfortably, but I was sweating buckets throughout the entire journey. It was rigorous, but it was a lot of fun and definitely worth it. The Great Wall of China was the one landmark I was looking forward to seeing the most, and it exceeded my expectations by so much. It was an amazing experience and I am really glad I was able to do this with my fellow DiSCOVER participants. I don’t think there could have been a better way to end off our journey in Beijing, and I think we saved the best for last.
After a tiring morning at the Great Wall, we ate lunch and then set off to continue our journey onto Xi’an. We arrived in Xi’an just before 9pm because our flight was delayed, and then drove to our hotel, the Grand Noble. I think most, if not all, were surprised by how nice and modern Xi’an was compared to Beijing. The weather was cooler, it was cleaner and everything was generally nicer. Around 11, we ventured off as a group to visit the Muslim Street, where we ended up at a local restaurant. Their famous beef noodles were absolutely delicious – handmade noodles, soft melt-in-your-mouth beef and really tasty soup – along with the beef and chicken wing skewers (which we ordered by the 10s). This was one of my favourite days so far, and I can’t wait to see what else Xi’an and the rest of China has for us to experience.