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... attraction wore off. I’m not sure if there was something I was missing but I was slightly disappointed given that there wasn’t too much on display to demonstrate how the Forbidden City once was. Whilst the sheer size of the complex is impressive, it was probably one of the most under-whelming attractions we’d visited. To add to this, they only let in 50 000 people a day (yes only), so you can understand ...
... not so for our driver who worked very hard. The Hutongs main streets are filled with many bars, restaurants and souvenir places but walking around the back you get to see how the area would have originally looked. All buildings are grey as only Royalty were allowed to use colour in their buildings. The exterior of the buildings are all maintained very well by the Chinese Government but the people living in them can do what they want inside. I ...
... tired and I hadn’t even made it to the cable car, let alone walking on the wall. I was starting to think that this might have been a mistake to think that I could do this; especially as my blood level must be getting low as I was in the second week of my blood transfusion schedule. I decided to sit down in a rest area and catch my breath.
After five or ten minutes I was breathing normally again and felt like I could continue. This ...
... jewelery, medallions, coins, and myriad other things. It was a great place to explore, but it was a nightmare to navigate and bargain. Chris and I each bought a few things, but we mostly looked around. We also ran into the Ukrainian woman we had hiked the Great Wall with. She was deep into negotiations over a bird cage the vendor was vehemently defending as being an antique. We caught up, and then took off for food.
In the afternoon, we went to ...
... where people walk to hold onto the handrails, just let me see how old the Wall is. The steps are uneven, shallow, and steep, and I found myself regretting our decision to be tough and take the difficult route. I know my limits, and decided to stop in a watchtower and recuperate rather than share my breakfast with the Wall.
After that, we travelled to the Ming Tombs, and visited the sacred walkway leading to the tombs of the Ming Emperors (there are 13 tombs in ...