Beijing Sicily Hotel
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... to our gate at 1:07.
- The train is already gone.
- I look down and see that Sebastian is now sound asleep through all of this.
- The next train is in three hours.
So we were stuck in what felt like a non air-conditioned station for three hours. Sebastian slept for one hour and woke up quite cranky. The next debacle was changing his diaper. I only tell this story to remember it myself because it just added to the insanity that was this day. I have no ...
... of Mariah, but then Lei picked Avril Lavigne's complicated again. I couldn't hear Rach and Lei's screams from the bathroom.
It was our last day here so me and Rach visited the Forbidden City, which lies in the centre of Beijing. Entry to the palace was strictly forbidden without special permission from one of the 24 emperors who lived there during the Ming and Qing dynasties, which is where it gets its name. We queued to get through security and were startled by ...
... with creepy bugs on sticks, and yes, this place really exists, and people (don't know who, but some people) really eat these things. The best thing - the scorpions on the sticks were still alive and kicking! Literally kicking! Check out the video in the body of the text to see for yourself. While none of us ate these delicacies, we did scream like little girls and run away. The Chinese food vendors found it pretty funny.
... really are in this city! Traffic is how you would expect in a city with 34 million people and 4 million cars. To go along with the cars, our guide said there are 71 universities in Beijing, 60 in Shanghai, and 44 in Xi'an (his hometown). Wow! That's a lot of people and a lot of college kids who will be looking for jobs. - In 221 BC when the 7 kingdoms were united and the Great Wall was linked the population of China was 12 million and 1/5th ...
... were given a tour of the workshops and shown how they produce the most beautiful vases, plates and pictures with copper and powdered stone. It was amazing stuff - the factory was quite small and rundown feeling, but the fabulous things they produced was just wonderful.
We looked through their shop and showroom, lamenting the fact we couldn’t really buy anything larger than a keyring due to lack of space – considering the amount of ...