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 …
... Luckily they didn't ask us for our passports! We got through security- again had our bags scanned and walked into the city which was beautiful (although the buildings are very similar) we were told some of the history i.e. The city took 16 years to build and has 9,999 rooms (9 is a power number). The people that lived in the city never went outside of the city walls. The Emperor only stayed in the winter with his wife and 3,000 girlfriends or concubines all ...
... again with someone else - the good thing about being in a city with 20 million people is that you never see the same person twice, other than the staff in shops, bars etc, so it's ridiculously easy to approach people and just start talking to them. But it is genuinely a massive help actually being in the place where they only speak the language you're learning, as I can just leave the classroom and use what I've just learnt straight away. For example, after an 'asking ...
... br> For dinner tonight we headed to the Donghuamen night market. This is a market that is set up every night selling a huge variety of skewered fare - grasshoppers, starfish, squid, baby pigeon, snake, eel, scorpion - as well as things we are more used to - chicken, beef, fruit. The people watching alone was worth the walk!
Everyone really tired again tonight, so early to bed - we have another big day tomorrow as we are off to the Great Wall.
... Next came the administration building where all the government officials did all their work. The last large building before the Concubine quarters was where we found the giant throne. You had to push and shove to get a look because there were so many people. The concubines each had their own house and own courtyard. Most of the treasures have been taken out of China so the buildings weren’t as richly decorated ...