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Yesterday we drove three hours to reach Jinshanling, which is considered part of the "wild wall". It was worth the ride...there were only small groups of tourists and we felt like we had whole sections to ourselves. It stretches off in both directions and one side is Mongolia, the other China. What ...
... we wanted to see how Beijing's skyline measured up in comparison. Let's just say...it didn't. First, this tower's observation deck is entirely open-air, which means its as windy and cold as all get out. Oh my goodness it was so cold! We looked around for as long as we could stand and tried to find where we live here before coming back down. A CCTV (meaning Chinese Central TV) museum is also in the building, and ...
... br> Then I ran off to go to my Chinese tutoring. My tutor Jacky taught me some phrases about direction. I really needed that because I don't understand Chinese people when I ask them where a place is.
One funny thing was that I told Jacky that I forgot his Chinese name. He wrote it down for me, but he told me to just call him by his American name.
After tutoring, I just did some homework.
... of course.
When we were just outside the Forbidden City we were visiting this huge open area with a bunch of memorials dedicated to soilders from past wars. It was amazing to see and the area was so big and open! Definatley different.
The funny part of the day was when we were walking around right outside the Forbidden City, random people kept coming up to Rachel (my roommate) and ...
... It's filled with the cities famous Hutongs, small little shopping streets, a remaining relic of China's imperial era, it really was the perfect place to be staying. By the time I had settled in and got something to eat night had really settled in. Being right in the heart of China though I really couldn't resist a quick peak at Tiananmen Square. Unfortunately they close of this public square to the public at nights meaning I could only go for a walk around the ...