Beijing Sicily Hotel
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... all these warm days we've had, New Year has begun by reverting to 'normal' Beijing temperatures - freezing, and snowing! Oh well, it was good while it lasted.
The remaining free day we had, some of us went to see the old Summer Palace - the one that was bombed by the British and is now in ruins, in a massive park. This was a few hundred years ago I think and we took all the Chinese artefacts and put them in museums in the UK... apparently ...
... muddy. This was our day for a solid tilt at the forbidden city. Do go and see it, because it is on a scale, and design and intent that beggars belief, even given unlimited slave labour. It makes Versailles look like a small country house, Louis XIV would have been furious. Flagging a little at lunchtime we stopped in a cafeteria a little over half way along the central axis of the palace complex. Sue, hot green tea, chicken with peanuts; I beef with potatoes and mushrooms and ...
... and we order a few different dishes with the obligatory fried rice & noodles. We have to wait a while for our food then each dish comes out separately......no rice or noddles.........still no rice or noodles.......we ask again for rice & noodles please.......still no rice or noddles. Eventually the rice & noodles does come but we've made a big dent in the main dishes, but it's all very nice and a lovely evening sat outside in a traditional restaurant.
What a great ...
... saw multiple chinese people with obvious cameras taking photos everywhere.
Elizabeth and I went to lunch and then went a bit south of Tianamen square in search for another lantern festival. There were some lanterns, but there was a small side bazaar that reminded me of Istanbul. In it I found a holographic panel shop that had a Mao one right next to one of Jesus/Mary. It was pretty amazing.
Most of the interns attended ...
... it harder for LBHs with no skills to come and get work. Ask get rid of the large number of white loving Internet ***** girls. Perfect solution, send all of em to Thailand, LBHs are loved there, lots of white men, match made in heaven. PUSHING / QUEUING Chinese will tell you because the country is overpopulated that the idea if personal space has never existed so its part of their culture. They do not queue and they love to push. They don't queue pretty much anywhere. ...