Our first stop in China was Beijing. When we landed the sky was full of smog and a kind of glowing orange haze which did not look particularly good. Luckily for us it rained during the night and we had pretty blue skies for the next two days.
Beijing has an excellent Metro system for getting around but even so we explored mostly on foot to immerse ourselves fully in the craziness of city life.
We explored temples, gardens, lakes, hutongs and shopping streets, joined a free walking tour and ate some interesting things. Especially a night out at an amazing roast duck restaurant and a not so fantastic hot pot place.
All in all we really liked Beijing and were pleased we decided to start our time in china here.