TOKYO, BEIJING, XINGANG, CHINA TO KOBE, JAPAN
In June of 2010, I spent time 2 ½ weeks in Asia traveling to Tokyo, Beijing and cruising with Seabourn on the Pride from Xingang, China to Kobe, Japan.
THE GREAT WALL
I then took the 4-hour flight from Narita to Beijing and stayed at the Shangri-La Beijing. This property has a brand new Valley Wing – rooms were great – spectacular lounge on 12the floor with a view and free F&B for Valley Wing guests. Destination China was the on-location supplier I used to set up private car and driver for weekend sightseeing. They provided airport to hotel transfers and 2-days of sightseeing which included a visit to the Great Wall – Mutianyu section (the most scenic), Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. I experienced lunch in a local family’s home in Hutong. Kevin, my guide was delightful! He was 24 years old, spoke excellent English and was very polite yet fun. We hiked the wall together for 6 miles! The lunch with Mrs. Chen in her home was a highlight. She made a vegetarian lunch for Kevin and me then we chatted in her living room as Kevin interpreted.
PRIVATE MEETING WITH BUDDHIST NUN
My last stop was the beautiful Ritz-Carlton Osaka The hotel received the top rating of 5-pavilion by Michelin and its two restaurants, La Baie and Xiang Tao, both received one-star Michelin in 2009.