Nearly six years ago, my love and I exchanged vows in Napa and then embarked upon a one month honeymoon in Asia. It took me one year to plan, and consisted of us spending one week in Beijing, going on a cruise around Asia for a month ( which was actually horrible…more on that later) and then a week in Bangkok. We flew home on business class via Taipei, and got a great discount. It was the best honeymoon ever, and I highly suggest more couples do their honeymoon in Asia!!
We adored Beijing. We stayed away from Wangfujit at the Holiday Inn Temple of Heaven. To date it is our favorite hotel. There was a stunning tea room, where one could do calligraphy and have a traditional tea ceremony, and the restaurants there were inexpensive. We walked all around Beijing and went to many of the restaurants suggested in the DK Beijing travel guide.
Beijing is ( and was) smoggy as hell. The smog somewhat ruined my husband’s experience because it really aggravated Billy’s sinuses. He felt pretty miserable, as in constantly sneezing. But apart from that, he and I both fell in love with China. It was also when I fell in love with travel photography. Although I have never been a professional, from the age of about 11 I have deeply enjoyed amateur travel photography. I especially love taking photos of food and of design.
see mom? I occasionally work out!!!
We still rave about how good this meal was: Peking duck, braised broccoli, and eggplant that was with star anise…maybe the best meal we have ever, ever had.
To date, our time in Beijing may have been the best travel experience that we have had together. Chinese tea ceremony is a magical, delicious experience, and I find such peace while sitting in a tea house.
Vegetarian Buddhist dining contrasted to Mao shirts. This is what China is like: a land of contrasts.