Beijing Sicily Hotel
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6am breakfast ready to catch the Bullet Train. The station is 1/2 an hour with no traffic from the city centre and on the opposite side of Beijing from the International Airport which has apparently affected it's passenger numbers. The Bullet Train travels between Shanghai and Beijing at 300 km/h (186 mph) on the high-speed line in as little as 4 hours 48 minutes. The carriage display showed it regularly travelling at 303 km/hr. Bullet trains ...
... down there is a toboggan slide you can take! This was really fun but I daren't go too fast as I'm not sure their health and safety measures are quite up to our standards! In the evening I went to a Show called the Legend of Kung Fu which was a mix of martial arts and dance - and told the story of how one little boy became a monk and learnt the art of Kung Fu. The next day we headed to Tiananmen Square which is kinda just a square! The history of this square is ...
... the dinner we walked around a bit before me and Fabian said god bye to everyone 8as most of us were leaving the next day) and went to the Olympic Park from 2008 to see the Bird's nest stadium and the Aquatics center which were both really cool and amazingly lit up.
I do realize this is also very late but and I'm actually writing this from our second visit in Shanghai (yes we've been in Hong Kong already and I will write and update that on the plane to Israel tomorrow so ...
... where there is some English spoken, but not a lot.
How to not get run over by a car in Beijing:
Beijing is laid out in a grid, with large multilane streets at fairly regular (large!) intervals. On these bigger streets there are usually 2-3 lanes of car traffic each way, plus a 2-3 lane bike and motorcycle lane on either side. So these streets are wide, have a lot of disparate traffic, and take a while to get across. As in ...
... to the overnight train. I was excited because I’ve never been on an overnight train where we get bunks for sleeping. I got even more excited when I was assigned the top bunk…which I would regret later. My excitement for the overnight train ride quickly diminished as I realized that overnight train means a train with crowded bunks, no personal space and a mostly "stuffy" atmosphere. My top bunk was so close to the ceiling that I ...