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 …
... to the bleak but very atmospheric Gobi Desert. It is mostly covered in brown scrub which presumably goes green in summer. From the train you see the occasional herd of antelope, cattle, horses and about every half hour a small settlement based around a mine. It took all day to reach the border crossing then five hours to get across and change the wheels, we have returned to the civilised world whose rails are 4ft 81/2 inches apart rather than the 5ft in Russia so the carriages were ...
... good to hazardous with varying degrees of unhealthy. Most of the days the rating is between “may experience health effects” to “stay indoors”.
But, once your lungs get toughened up, Beijing has a lot to offer. There are something like 200 museums in Beijing. We went to the Tap Water Museum last weekend.
Beijing’s buildings are prolific and stylish - The Bird’s Nest, ...
... bizarre moment of the day was walking to Maccy D's for a drink as you can't drink tap water. Sat down with a big coke and "All I Want For Christmas" with Mariah and Justin Bieber came on! Gotta love christmas songs in June! We walked back to the station to get a train to the Beijing Railway Station and then tried to tell someone we needed to go to the Rainbow Hotel but no one understood us! Seeing a police station, I thought we could go and ask in ...
... of church from state affairs in order to prevent recurrence of situations like the Taiping Rebellion. After the "opening up" of the 1980s, more religious freedoms were granted, and traditional beliefs like Taoism and Buddhism were supported as an integral part of the Chinese culture.Nowadays "Shenism", Taoism and Buddhism are the ...
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