Travel Diary: Beijing

7th October, 2013
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In Beijing we had the opportunity to delve more deeply into China’s history, visiting the Great Wall and the Forbidden City, which served as the Chinese imperial palace ~ home to the emperors and their extensive households ~ for almost 500 years. The enormous palace complex is comprised of 980 buildings and brilliantly exemplifies traditional Chinese palatial architecture, which provided stylistic leadership across eastern Asia for centuries. It was so interesting to see its unique motifs in the jewelry we later visited around Beijing, and since leaving that city I’ve kept traveling all around Asia, its influence continuing to color each of the skylines I’ve seen. Beijing2My idea of comfortable touring togs involved BCBG sunnies, a crisp Carven shirt, Alice & Trixie shorts, K. Jacques sandals and the little Chief Trunk pouch I originally posted HERE. There are always creative ways to maximize one’s carry-on luggage! Beijing3We had the most amazing tour guide named Risa, who spilled all sorts of juicy tidbits about the goings-on behind the palace walls during ancient times. Apparently it was common for an emperor to keep up to 3,000 concubines inside the city walls, all of whom were ‘married’ to the emperor for life and disallowed to leave the grounds without his permission. In fact, the reason it was called the Forbidden City is because no one could enter or leave without the emperor’s blessing. And besides the emperor, all other men inside the city were required to undergo castration and live as eunuchs. Talk about total domination. Beijing4Risa’s colorful stories made the Forbidden City sound like the world’s greatest soap opera, but more than anything I just went wild for all the beautiful architectural details! It brought back that same sense of surrealism and wonder I felt when traveling around Marrakech. Beijing5On both that excursion and this one, I was blessed with the best, most game-for-anything (and stylish!) travel buddies a girl could hope to find! Beijing6 Beijing7 Beijing8The next day we set out early for the Great Wall of China, one of the most infamous wonders of the world. The Great Wall is known for its impressive history and beauty, but nobody ever told me how much fun accessing it would be. First you journey up the mountain in slightly-terrifying, open-air ski lifts… Beijing9…and afterward you get to toboggan down via a high-speed, winding metal slide that seemingly stretches for miles. It’s the best ride ever. Beijing10 Beijing11In between the ski lift and the toboggan rides, prepare to climb a LOT of stairs. We certainly needed it after all the decadent dining we’d been doing! Beijing12It’s incredible to think of the battles that were fought on the steep walls and stairwells of this epic structure. Beijing13 Beijing14For the early morning hike, I donned Super sunnies, a silk blouse found at COS in Hong Kong, my beloved Hudson jeans, Nike Frees (my fitness faves!) and a duo of gold bangles from Beauty & Essex. Beijing15 Beijing16As the sun slowly rose in the sky and our shadows stretched long over the snaking pathways of the wall, we began our descent towards the next adventure… More to come! Beijing17|PHOTOGRAPHY| by Zachary Lynd |FOLLOW ME ON INSTAGRAM| to keep up with my continuing adventures in Asia

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  • Kate Schlabaugh

    These pictures are beautiful–you just solidified my dream to travel to Asia!

    xx StyleGodis

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      I REALLY want to go to Asia after viewing these amazing photographs. Planning a trip in December!

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  • Greenieweenie

    Oh….my old stomping grounds. I just moved to HK after four of the best years in Beijing. I so very miss this city. Hope you had a chance to wander the neighborhoods around Lama Temple!

  • carissa inez

    i hope you will visit the philippines as well :)
    and travel to the beautiful islands here.

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  • JSchiff

    Loving these posts. A great escape…

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  • http://mafaldadotzero.blogspot.fr/ Mafalda

    I love your pictures, especially the first one with the little girl. And your portraits are so beautiful too!

    Mafalda ❤
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    These pictures are stunning, makes me wanna go there!!

  • http://pinksole.com/ Rachelle

    Amazing pics, what a great experience.

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  • Beauty Follower

    Nice pixs, cool couple!

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  • http://katestyledpretty.com/ Kate Styled Pretty

    Loved my trip to China, but missed out on the toboggan slide! Looks like fun!
    -KSP

  • http://thestylematrix.blogspot.com/ thestylematrix

    Your pics are getting more and more beautiful! Love this series.

  • Nelya

    This post makes me want to visit the Wall of China even more. Thanks!
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  • el armario de la nena

    wonderful pictures! I would love to visit China some day :)

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    awesome! so glad you got to go to beijing. beautiful sights!

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    Beautiful. Gold is experiencing a resurgence as is the ivory trade and the slaughter of elephants. It would be great if you could use your forum and increasing influence to highlight how this is NOT fashion forward.

  • Allison R

    The little girl in the first photo is adorable and the scenery is absolutely amazing. I love your outfit because it’s so put together and yet it looks comfortable enough for a tour around such a beautiful place. I’m obsessed with your sunglasses! I just can’t get over the shape, I’ve been dying for a similar pair myself!

    xxAlli

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  • Stel Style

    amazing place!!! enjoy your trip!!!

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  • jelena

    I envy you! This is great! :D

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  • http://visualcoffee.blogspot.com/ Visual Coffee

    You look so comfy and stylish and this whole trip looks like a real adventure! Happy traveling x

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  • http://doeeyedbelle.blogspot.com/ Doe Eyed Belle

    Amazing photos! On my bucket list to visit one day!

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    Gorgeous photos. I am sure this was quite an experience.

    -Asia Monique
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  • http://www.mychampagnesunday.com/ Champagne Sunday

    Looks like a fabulous trip. It’s not on my usual list of destinations but this looks worth having on my bucket list. Happy travels!

    Cheers!

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  • Kate @ Travelmoon

    I’ve been to that part of the Great Wall! It is incredible..I thought they were joking when they said we could slide down it on a toboggan! Beautiful photos!!

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    I really liked the way you highlighted some really important and significant points. Thanks so much, I appreciate your work.