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Family, friends, acquaintances, and my chickadees,
So. I'm not in Beijing.
Yet. But May 6th is my planned arrival date.
I thought it would be fun to give a little background info about the place I'm about to call home. What is this place called Beijing? Well.
Beijing is the capital of China. It used to be called "Peking" which means "Northern Capital." This old school name is very fitting because Beijing is located in the northeast area ...
... Dinner was a buffet which included chicken nuggets, fries, and pizza next to traditional Chinese. At this point, I started to become drowsy. Last stop of the night: a spectacular Kung Fu show, complete with laying on swords, a coming of age story of a little monk, and aerial silks. I (along with the rest of my exhausted and jet-lagged row) fell asleep through the second half, but I hear there was fire.
... It had a consistency like jello but tasted more like yogurt, I liked it. Afterwards we walked around a beautiful mini lake/pond area at night and it was so lively with people and lights. It was lined with all different kinds of restaurants and bars that were all lit up. It reminded me of something you might see in Vegas. The bar scene is so incredibly different than in America. All of the bars are very fancy in this area and you sit on plushy couch ...
... quite a few of us to buy a stamp - this had our name, and the handle was our sign of the Zodiac. It was beautifully presented in a box with stamp pad. I am sure it will be useful to give weight to all our correspondence. Oh dear - how will it work with email? Other than those who had been to the Great Wall before, we were surprised at how steep the hills were. It was just 60 Kms from Beijing but felt as though we were ...
... to take Luke's advice regarding bargaining with a local peasant who was peddling hand made etched stones depicting the wall. When she offered him 80 rmb on the grounds that her friend had just procured one for the same price about a quarter mile back, the peasant simply packed up and went home (or to another spot to find under-advised victims. While China is all about history, we all know it is modernizing at the speed of light. To help move the Badaling section of the wall into the ...