|View from Jingshan Park|
Wangfujing is one of the oldest and most popular shopping streets in Beijing. While known for traditional Chinese brands with hundreds of years of history, it’s also home to modern malls with stores of all price tags and countries of origin. You can pretty much buy anything in this vicinity. The main street is an impressive promenade wide enough to keep it from becoming too crowded (most of the time). Like all shopping trips, strolling around Wangfujing somehow ended up being a LOT of walking, and this was the first full day of my trip so I went for the most relaxing outfit that I had packed. I had on a white tee, denim shorts (not even those tight mom shorts that I love since they’re a bit more constricting), sneakers, and a black belt from Free People.
Jingshan Park (景山公园)
Offering one of the best views of the city, Jingshan Park is directly north of the Forbidden City and used to be a private garden for the emperor. The hills inside are artificial, but the views on top are truly gorgeous. We went on a really clear but not too hot day. Contrary to what you might think, it’s actually not that rare for Beijing to have nice weather, especially around September and October. It doesn’t take much time at all to get to the top and the entrance fee is super low (~$0.3). For this day I wore a pretty similar outfit as the previous one. It’s kinda boring but hey, that’s what happens when traveling. Practicality trumps trendiness.
National Museum of China (国家博物馆)
Directly East of Tiananmen Square, this is one of the biggest and most visited museums in the world. Admission is free but you need to have an ID or passport in order to pick up a ticket. It had been through a period of renovation before reopening its doors in 2011 with bigger and better exhibits, showcasing Chinese art and history. Before visiting the museum I was at a lunch with 15 of my family members, so my outfit was a bit dressier. I wore a Vero Moda floral dress and Steven Madden sandals. Like thousands of other girls, I’ve been really into this sort of vintage-esque, classy dresses. Too bad summer is coming to an end but I can definitely see myself wearing these many more times next year!