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... manned by volunteer farmer/militiamen who were allowed to bring their families; the post was hereditary and passed through generations. A very effective fire beacon system allowed them to communicate quickly with nearby army garrisons and far away Beijing. (In case you are wondering, wolf dung makes an excellent black smoke.)
In1449 the Mongols breached the wall and made it to Beijing, capturing the emperor along the way. They tried to ransom him but his brother ...
... and what looked like a fully functioning hostel. My relief didn't last long. All the staff (if indeed they were staff!) seemed very confused as to why I was there. They spoke English but the didn't know the English name of the hostel they were working at (!?) and they couldn't grasp the concept that I'd booked a room. Eventually I talked to someone who explained that the hostel was closed and I'd have to find somewhere else. He said it with such a smile on his face too. ...
... on Tuesday. We walked though a lane up to a more fancy street. It was getting close to 9 pm so there weren't many people around and quite a few places were closed. There was a tram going up and down the street. I would like to go back for a ride on it and check out more shops (for umbrellas and handbags of course).
We walked to the end of the street and back to the street our hotel was on. On the corner a crowd had gathered. Turns out it ...
... mine worse than Gerry's) & walking, let alone carrying a 15kg rucksack the following day was 'interesting' to say the least!
My 40th was spent trekking round the forbidden city etc all day in ideal preparation for the hike the following day- not! We could barely walk before we started and our calves have only just recovered...but it was thoroughly worth it.
Also need to say something about the food: not only did we eat an ...
... We finally made it inside the huge building and had some delicious tea (this place had a 20 page menu of teas!!) before exploring the exhibits on Ancient China. I found this very interesting as their tools were very similar to the ones that mum and Steve uncover doing the cultural heritage clearance work. We looked at a few other exhibits and then found somewhere to eat on the way back to our hotel. We tried a few different dishes including gunpowder chicken, battered ...
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