Tiananmen Best Year Courtyard Hotel
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Loved this little family run hotel. Check it out with an open mind to experience true Chinese style accommodation. Very charming.
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Our next stop for the day was the Summer Palace, once retreat for Emperors and a favourite haunt of the Empress Dowager (the Dragon Lady), it is now one of Beijing's principle attractions. At the entrance there are cast bronze statues of mythical animals including a quilin, a hybrid animal said to appear only in times of harmony and peace.
The entrance to the palace ...
As everything remotely cultural and interesting is closed on Mondays in China, we took this as an opportunity to do entirely frivolous and uncultural things, like shopping! Before all the fun, we did have some important stuff to get sorted. Our first destination was therefore Beijing Train Station to collect our tickets for all of our many journeys to come, as they'd now all been issued. We consulted the lonely planet and the super helpful website ...
... eateries. Quanjude is a huge restaurant handling a few hundred people in a sitting and they specialise in Peking duck which was succulent, delicious and different to what we are used to. The cooked duck is carved in front of you (mainly the breast) and served with pancakes, spring onion, cucumber and a paste that was different to the plum sauce we are given in the UK. On day 25 we went to the Mutianyu section of The Great Wall which is 90mins ...
... old tree. We were next in line. The lade and her son (maybe 1 years old) (Chinese) were taking a picture. All of a sudden he starts peeing on the ground out of the open whole in his pants. No one around us seemed to care but we thought it was very interesting. So when we went to take our picture, we stood in the boy's pee.
The hack sacks look different. They have feathers on them. We will take a picture.
Last night we ...
... and turned into a snake, nearly scared her husband to death and went to a mountain to get some healing herbs. We only saw her going and obtaining the herbs, the rest was the background story. This was probably my favorite because the actors had large spears that they would throw, kick and juggle all together and to each other. It was a very neat experience seeing a traditional way of story telling.
Wow! Another awesome day in a spectacular place! See you soon for day 3!