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... before arriving here about the propensity for spitting in China. And it's true that many people (particularly the older generation) can be heard hocking and spitting at every occasion. But you do get used to it (sort of) and again trusty google tells me that this is considered to be hygienic in China. Another quirk is the approach to driving in Beijing which consists predominantly of beeping your way through any and all situation. This incessant beeping adds to ...
... mentality, sticking to large crowds of other "life-in-you-own-hands" takers. The Wangfujing aquare also seems to have the biggest apple store in the world. Hong Kong's was big, but this one is ridiculous. The picture I took does not do it justice Half way down we see a jolly fat man statue beckoning us into a stairwell, so we stop to pose with him in standard tourist style. We then realise that he is fact directing us to "Gourmet street". Boom! - We are not going ...
... how much water I should drink... you get the picture.
Nevertheless here was a time to suspend my devising a way for him to go missing in the city and make him useful instead. On telling him of my question and following quest he laughed and informed me that Budda is depicted as fat as this represents generosity and so the fatter he is the more generous the depiction. So that answers that, he was never fat, but very generous. Afternoon in the museum wasted, I ...
... Chairman Mao celebrated the founding of the People's Republic of China here in the square. Mao died in1976 and is preserved in a mausoleum in the square even though he passed a law that everyone had to be cremated! The National Museum of China also borders the Square and The Great Hall of the People borders the Square as well. There are two huge statues on either side of Mao Memorial Hall that commemorate the ...
... who actually do.
I spent most of my evening drinking in the bar with a
Chinese couple who were trying to teach me Mandarin. Unfortunately, I think
their efforts were wasted. However, at least I now know how to tell a Chinese
girl that she’s very pretty, so that’s a start. Additional less important
lessons included informing the street hawkers that I’m not interested and
asking where a subway stop is located. In return for their ...
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