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Today’s post is part of a weekly series called “Travel Toss-Up,” in which we ask you to take your pick between two amazing travel experiences.

This week’s toss-up offers a choice of two experiences that will have you “seeing red.”

Would you rather…

… explore the Forbidden City in Beijing

forbidden city beijing



… stroll through the Netherlands during tulip season?

tulips windmill netherlands


As we write in our Beijing travel guide, the Forbidden City lies just beyond Tiananmen Square, and is a “sprawling, walled encampment [that] once housed the Imperial Court during the Ming and Qing dynasties … It’s so huge that many erstwhile residents are said to have gone their whole lives without leaving the 30-foot high walls of the city.” The Netherlands is famous for its colorful tulip season, which runs throughout April and May in various parts of the country. The gardens of Keukenhof are one of the best places to take in the display.

Vote for your preference in the comments below!

– written by Sarah Schlichter

4 Responses to “Travel Toss-Up: Seeing Red”

  1. Wynne says:

    Netherlands, without a doubt! Tulips are my favorite flower and I’m DYING to go to Amsterdam in the spring to see all the fields!!

  2. Netherlands gets my vote. Much more relaxing than The Forbidden City.

  3. deborah greenaway says:

    Netherlands only because I’ve seen the Forbidden citywhich is cultural mind expansion

  4. Colleen says:

    Netherlands! Tulips, windmills, Dutch Masters, Amsterdam, WWII history, I can go on…..

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