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Travel Blogs from Beijing
I made a fairly good attempt at jumping out of bed and being excited about the first part of our Trans-Mongolian journey this morning. Not bad for 4:45am! Another breakfast of crushed rice puff cakes and strawberry milk.
We all headed off to the already busy subway at around 6:15 and by 7:40 we were departing Beijing …
... very smoggy- at least this stops the sunburn! The kids are doing really well, a few needing panadol but no sickness. We've been keeping up a cracking pace, all a bit tired, looking forward to some down time later on today. The Great Wall was incredible! Such an awesome structure and completely overwhelming. The ensembles all played their entire programs and had a wonderful reception from many passers by. Smoggy skies kept the sun under wraps but it was really beautiful ...
... So, in the end, we went for Jiuhuashan Duck Restaurant, a place renowned for the quality of the raw ducks that they buy. When we arrived at Jiuhuashan, we ordered a duck, condiments and drinks. There was to be no messing about, this was about duck and nothing else. When it came, the duck was arranged in neat little slices, nothing like the shredded meat we get at home. I have read that the duck is often carved into exactly 100 slices, but we were in ...
... a big pot outside of the restaurant and there were people cooking duck in it. We bought the duck and we ate it and then we couldn’t feel our mouth because it was so spicy. On the way back we saw a cake shop and there was a tiger cake in there and Maegen wanted to have a Panda cake. There were people making cool cakes.
We stand out as real tourists; there is no way we can blend into the crowds :-) But we don't see very many westerners; but ...
... not. Collin (a scottish intern) hosted a poker and curry night which turned into a poker, curry and card's against humanity night.
Saturday was spent exploring the local area and filling up my phone so that I can make all the texts and calls needed to keep on top of everything. The metal pose pictures are from then :P
Went to the silk market on sunday and discovered that it was more or less a rich chinese/tourist shopping ...
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