beijing is a vibrant busting city. everywhere you turn there is something interesting. the people are friendly and will go out of their way to help (as were the other countries we visited) THE GREAT WALL WAS REALLY GREAT! enjoyed that so much, will be going back twice to different places to visit!. all the other usual 'tourist' places live up to expectations. except at the temple of heaven i sliped on the marble steps, put my hand out to steady myself, and banged the camera against the wall. the lens got stuck and nothing worked. our guide took us to the city center where we tried severel shops before finding a reputable dealer to mend it . we had to do the usual and haggle a price! and it was fixed in 2 hrs!. in the meantime just in case it failed we bought a cheap camera which had the lady running after us all the way down the street to secure a sale! lucky we will be going back to the temple with our next group, so will catch up with photos then.