A Weekend in Beijing : 100,000+ Steps in 3 Days

I love Beijing!

A Weekend in Beijing: Tyra running up The Great Wall stairs in Beijing
It’s rare that the Wall wasn’t packed. I think because it was raining.


The first time I went, I didn’t like it too much. I think because I was too spoiled when I studied abroad in Shanghai. I didn’t care for the old subway trains, or the crowds. However, when I started living in Jinan, Beijing was the closest place for cheese and other western delicacies. With only 1.5 hour train ride away, when I wanted to escape “China” I went to Beijing. The funny part about it was that I started falling in love with the Beijing Chinese Culture. The hutongs, the wall, the art district, the duck, and the people.

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I’ve been to Beijing more than 6 six times in a year, but I have yet to walk on the Tienanmen Square. It’s so emotional for me knowing the history and the tragedies that has happen on that very square. I always walk by keeping myself from crying.

I also had the opportunity to trek The Great Wall three different times on three different sections. My favorite is the Badaling section, however, Adventures around Asia boasts another section of the Great Wall that is a little dangerous to climb, but so worth it for the view. That’s my next goal.

A Weekend in Beijing: “Beijing Unrated”


A Weekend in Beijing: Pinterest Graphic

Well this post is about that one three day weekend where all the foreign teachers from the Best Learning English East Center decided to go to Beijing.  I edited this video on Windows Movie Maker, because apparently none of us owned a great video editing software, so excuse the quality. However, it took me 2 weeks to make, and I’m quite proud of myself 😀 Enjoy the video!

Make sure to let me know what you think of the video! I know we’re a bunch of clowns. If you’re ever down to visit us, we are sure you will have a good time, haha!

A Weekend in Beijing: Tyra, Inga, and Keller acting silly on the The Great Wall of China





  • Jessica Diane Fergen

    Wow, that is a lot of steps! Looks like you guys had a blast. Beijing and the Great Wall are definitely on my list to visit!

    • Tyra Skinner

      Yes you have to go! It’s really beautiful!

  • Rebekah Stephens

    That looks like it was a super fun trip! I love the video because it gives you a better sense of atmosphere in the places you visit.

    • Tyra Skinner

      I’m glad you enjoyed the video, it was fun making it!

  • I bet the architecture was amazing!

    • Tyra Skinner

      It is, I definitely recommend doing a private tour so you can go the back way to the wall. You can see the wall crumbles and the architecture before it was refurbished

  • Sara Monahan Gerges

    Looks amazing. The Great Wall of China is on my list of places I want to go!

    • Tyra Skinner

      You definitely have to go!

  • Vicky Pietz

    The steps would wreck havoc on my knee. But it looks amazing

    • Tyra Skinner

      It is quite amazing! There are some sections that are easy to climb!

  • Danielle Gould

    Looks like you had a blast! I would love to visit the Great Wall of China!

    • Tyra Skinner

      We had so much fun, I’m always down for the Wall

  • Ellen

    Looks like you had a fun group and a fun trip! The streets of Beijing weren’t nearly as crowded as I thought they would be. I agree with everyone else – looks amazing.

    • Tyra Skinner

      Yeah, it all depends on when you go. We went on Monday-Wednesday and it wasn’t crowded. It much busy in the weekends!

  • I’ve heard nothing but great thing about Beijing! I’ve haven’t made it to China yet, but once I get there I now have an idea of what to do!

    • Tyra Skinner

      Yes there are so many things to do there it’s crazy! Let me know if you have any other questions about China!

  • Shell

    Wow it’s so beautiful! This is definitely on my bucket list!

    • Tyra Skinner

      Thanks for reading!

  • Adrienne Freeman

    I really enjoyed reading about your experiences. It is someplace I will probably never go and so what you tell me is all I’ll ever know

    • Tyra Skinner

      Haha maybe one day! Thanks for reading, hope you are intrigued more as I write!

  • This is such an inspiring post, I would love to visit Beijing! You would like a host to travel with, pass a corona my way 😉

    • Tyra Skinner

      Haha! Yes, whenever you are down to going to Beijing let me know. I’m only a 1.5 hour train ride away! Thanks for reading!

  • Bucket list?! You’ve just got a new entry!!! Beijing, here I come!!!

    • Tyra Skinner

      Whoop Whoop! It’s so fun! Let me know when you come! I’ll be down to show you around. Glad you enjoyed the post!

    • YES! Right, that’s what I was thinking, too!

  • That is such a great experience. I will love to go someday in my live.

    • Tyra Skinner

      Beijing would be happy to have you! It’s an amazing city 😀 Thanks for stopping by 😀

  • How fab that it wasn’t crowded! I’d like to see the wall one day

    • Tyra Skinner

      Yes, Chinese people despise the rain! So whenever its a bit muggy and wet, I like to go exploring. Less people. Thanks for reading!

  • Sarah Kranz

    It looks like you all had a fantastic time, gorgeous video!

    • Tyra Skinner

      Yeah we had an amazing time! Hopefully you can go someday! Thanks for reading 😀

  • Awwww this looks like soo much fun! I’m traveling around SE Asia next year so I’ll have to add Beijing to my route now. 🙂


    • Tyra Skinner

      I haven’t finish all of Southeast Asia, but Bali is Amazing!!!

    • Tyra Skinner

      Thanks so much for reading! I’m glad you enjoyed it!

  • Beijing is definitely on my bucket list after reading this and watching the video. Looks like so much fun!!

    • Tyra Skinner

      It’s an amazing place. We find something new to do each time!

  • Brittany Daoud

    This is awesome, glad you had a good trip! I had a lot of fun in Beijing last summer, the smog tho, OMG!

    • Tyra Skinner

      Yes the smog can be a little too much, but I absolutely love the city! What other places have you been to in China?

  • Jenn Wynands

    I am so impressed with your new blog, it looks amazing! Wish I’d been online more, I will try to check out your posts more often 😀

    • Tyra Skinner

      WAAAAH I thought I replied to this, but it didn’t go through! Aww thanks love for stopping by to the new blog! Looking forward to you being online <3

  • Jolina

    When I was in Beijing, I was so surprised about how much development there was and how “westernized” it seemed. So I totally get you hopping on a train for 1.5 hours to escape China! 🙂

    • Tyra Skinner

      Yes definitely! It’s funny because I mainly go to Beijing for the food! Nevertheless it’s an incredible city! I’m glad you enjoyed the post! Thanks for stopping by!

  • I also love Beijing! I arrived there without any expectations, with a night bus from Mongolia, at 5am, which dropped me off in an unknown park of town. I found refugee in a McDonalds until the sun came out and took part in the daily breakfast market next to where I was. I was simply amazing! I’e only spent 3 days in Beijing and I didn’t get a chance to go to the Wall, but I will definitely be back.

    • Tyra Skinner

      It’s crazy how that city never sleeps! We too one day arrived at like 3am in Beijing! One group went to McDonald’s and another to some dumpling place! I hope you can go to the Wall someday. Let me know when you do because I’ll be down to go again!

  • It’s too bad that I didn’t get to explore China, only got to be in the country for a couple of ours for connecting flights, multiple times. But I really hope I get to explore China soon! 🙂

    • Tyra Skinner

      Yes, you definitely must go. It’s an interesting country to explore! It was the same for me with Japan. Always had connecting flights there, until finally I decided to go! Thanks for reading 🙂

  • BuildYourOwnEmpire

    Beijing seems amazing!
    To be honest, I’d just go there so I could walk those steps, imagine the booty workout!