Our group’s unofficial mantra has become “well you’re only in China once”. Regardless of whether this is actually true, nineteen of us decided to act accordingly and go for a weekend trip to Beijing. Our main goals for the trip were to see the Forbidden City and Great Wall- the normal tourist stops. What we ended up experiencing was far beyond whatever any of us had guessed. In just four days, we toured nearly all of the major sites, climbed the Great Wall, and enjoyed the nights in a way only possible in Beijing. The city is a beautiful mixture of ancient palaces and modern world capital. In the end, all of us had unforgettable memories of the best old and new Beijing has to offer.