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Our last day in Beijing started with a meeting at International SOS. This was my first time at an International SOS clinic but the second time visiting this organization. The first time was in Dubai one month ago when we met with Todd J. Binkowski. Therefore, it was a great reminder of what the world's leading medical and travel security service company does.
International SOS Beijing Clinic was established in ...
Bit of a sleep in the this morning, the room is incredibly dark with the curtains drawn and very little sun. Today's plan is shopping, so it was off to the Silk Market, 4 floors of bags, shoes, clothes and other junk including silk.
When we first go there we thought it was a lot less aggressive than the Pearl Market as it had just opened, but when their coffee hit kicked in it was on.... "You ...
... emptying (and they have bins for recycled and non recycled items) and to brush the paths and areas inside temples etc to keep them spotless. I have not seen any graffiti, no visible vandalism and people do not litter!! All of the gardened areas are kept so immaculate that people sleep in some of them!
The Temple of Heaven is exquisite and once again words can never do any of it justice. We spent most of our time walking around soaking up the ...
people trying to use the same staircase. Lindsey and I got a bit
nervous because people from behind were pushing to try and move
faster while waiting on the stairs. While taking our last
pictures on the wall, a family was secretly taking pictures of me.
They were slowly sneaking their way towards me and then a grandmother
handed me her grandchild and asked if I would take a picture with
him. Lindsey and I had a good laugh and then ...
... anticipated a nice leisurely stroll along the wall. Not the case! Once you've climbed to the top, you just continue to climb up and down as the wall dips in and out of valleys. It was beautiful though, as the rain had stopped by the time we got to the wall, making for an enjoyable day. The only downside of the day was when I angered a saleswoman who was trying to overcharge my mom for a Great Wall of China magnet.
Then it was off on a train to our next destination: Tai'an ...