Xiao Yuan Alley Courtyard Hotel
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We finally arrived in Beijing at 1:30am, and happily there was a driver to meet us. The fun started when we arrived at the hotel, which was fully booked until check-in time (midday). So we have spent a few hours on the sofa in the common area...obviously crossed wires...I did say we were coming early! So to while away a few hours we set out for …
... br> Brenda and I stuck together and got a good deal* on them.
*good deal- we still got ripped off, but we feel we paid an appropriate amount.
Everything we buy in China we get ripped off a bit, but you just have to come to terms with that.
After the market, we saw the Temple of Heaven.
Another beautiful sight, but, after a while, everything starts to look the same.
We took a lot of pictures and then went to enjoy ...
... once we got up there it would have spectacular views as it was so high up. We began at a good pace but this soon changed once we looked up and saw we were only a fraction of the way up! People were sitting down and resting all over this section which also made it tricky as you had to keep changing course to get around them. As you would expect from a wall as old as this, the steps were often uneven and crumbling in places so you had to be careful and concentrate on where ...
... out on making money from us.
We returned to the dorm to cook lunch. The Chinese roommate Stephanie showed us what to do. I helped to roll the dough to make noodles and I also stirred flied some veggies while the Filipino Stephanie cut the items. It was fun to learn from the Chinese Stephanie about how to do some things. As we were cooking, Bethany walked and we chatted for a bit until she had to run off.
It was ...
... by three people who all wanted their photo taken with me, despite cramming a muffin of some sort into my gob at the time which couldn't exactly have been picturesque.
But then I got scammed, for the first time in almost three years. The cost of my stupidity was £76. Before I launch into the story I'd like to state right now that I have no-one to blame but myself for this. A poor decision, bad judgement and lapse in guard - the blame lies 100% at my feet for all of it.