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... This class is run by Robert who is also Canadian, he’s sort of nice (Doesn’t
get angry at me when I fall asleep in class) but is also very intimidating… We
spend a lot of time comparing accents and discussing differences in cultures
which is very interesting.
2:45 – 4:30 (With a break in between): Is mandarin which I am enjoying a lot, despite the
fact that we are still only learning the basics like hello but the teacher ...
... of people lining up for the museum, Mao's Memorial and the Forbidden City...even to cross the road in this part of town requires a queue...it's very different to anything else we have experienced...and takes a bit of getting use to! We decided the picture of Mao would be as close as we would get to the memorial...the line just stretched on and on....it's a Wednesday so I can't imagine what a ...
... that evil spirits, who, as we know, like to travel in straight lines, would find it difficult to enter. All thresholds have a protective shelter, almost always with a red door, the color of blood, life, happiness and good fortune. Decorations were allowed in proportion to the door - life size Door Gods for the ministers, simple good luck signs on the average.
Conceptually, spiritually and traditionally, your threshold was the same as the ...
... guilty of everything it claims to eradicate and a whole lot worse. Turns out I'm not a fan of authoritarian police states.
So you might ask why I've found myself in China? Because it's a country with a history as rich as any other, with it's emperors, temples and martial arts. It held a lot of promise for me as someone who spent a couple of years studying a Chinese martial art himself.
Beijing was chosen solely on it's proximity to the Great Wall, which was the main ...
... to city otherwise we'd be stranded. It was an awesome experience though and we spent most of our time on the wall stunned and amazed but loved every second!
It was another long coach journey back but as it was our last night in Beijing, we had decided to treat ourselves to some more Beijing Duck and hit the local restaurants. Once again it was delicious as we devoured the great tasting duck dish with pancakes, spring onions, cucumber and hoi sin ...