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Our last full day in Beijing has been a good one. First up was the Summer Palace. It is a huge site set around a lake and is really more a collection of temples and pavilions than a palace but it was well worth seeing. We took some good photos, especially of the colourful roof patterns and bronze statues but the WiFi here is so terrible today that I've got no chance of uploading them. We spent quite a lot of time there ...
I'm not sure if I have said this before but one thing which has really surprised me is the lack of western tourists! Whenever we go somewhere people stare and they are always taking our photos - today was no exception! We were in the prime spot for some Chinese photographers! Some people were blunt and just came and sat with us while someone took their photo, but others tried to do it secretly! One man took so many photos I'm not sure he would have ...
... be honest, it was so cold outside I was happy to stay in too.
Saturday, we wandered into town to get a few winter upgrades, thicker scarves, thicker gloves, thermal socks etc. as it's got that much colder we really need more than we brought with us. Happy with our purchases, we had a bit of lunch, and a mulled wine. Our friend Gina had invited us around for dinner on Saturday evening, and she cooked a lovely Christmas dinner of roast turkey, mash potato, spinach ...
It's buyer beware when you travel Hainan Airlines. Our first hint of trouble was went we couldn't print our boarding passes at home before leaving for the airport. The second hint was went our checked bags were classified as "oversized." We've traveled with them for over 2 years now and never had anyone do that. The third hint was when the staff kept insisting that the plane was on time, even though the boarding time was 10 minutes after the plane was scheduled ...
... all over the walls, drinks are pretty cheap, and toilets are western (with TP!).
Oh and my class schedule looks awesome. My Monday, Wednesday, Fridays are very open so I’m gonna try and make those my workout days (yeah right). Hopefully I’ll stick to it but I may get distracted with all of Beijing at my doorstep. My ...
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