Beijing Trip Report: Temple of Heaven and Olympic Park

This is part 17 of a series on my trip to Austria, Germany and China.

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I only had one night and day left in Beijing but I still had several important sites to see.  I stayed again at the Crowne Plaza Zhongguancun using 5000 points a night via the Pointsbreak special I talked about in this article. I was upgraded again to a nice corner room due to my status with IHG.

My first stop was the Lama Temple which had a great idea of having your ticket also be a mini CD you could play in your computer!IMG_8776

I then moved on to the famous Temple of Heaven which is known as the symbol of Beijing.IMG_8792 IMG_8790

Me sporting my pollution mask with the worst photographer ever.

After I left the Temple. I stopped by the famous Pearl Market to get some last minute counterfeit goods and souvenirs.IMG_8812I almost skipped the Olympic park because of time but I am so glad I didn’t!  The whole scene felt so alien.  I felt like I was on Mars and it made me wish I had been there during the events.IMG_8837

And my day wouldn’t be complete without someone asking to take a photo with me  🙂IMG_8825I’ll end the post with this picture that sums on my time in this crazy country.IMG_8843


After all of this running around on my last day, I was certainly glad I was flying on Air China business class for the 15 hour flight from Beijing to Houston.  But that is in our next article!

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Author: John Butler

I live in Miami Beach but love travelling all over the world.