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... joined by three of the members of ACTE's Asia Counsel and like the day before we were served a traditional chinese dinner and it was all delicious - and expensive, but luckily Greeley picked up the check.
After dinner we went to a German bar and had a couple of drinks before bed time.
The first part of Monday was cultural activities as well and we went to Tiananmen Square, where the Chinese National Museum, The entrance to the Forbidden ...
... toasted us wishing us well.
We made Ting Ting give a speech and gave her our farewell tip. We talked about the highlights of the trip.
We were all worn out after such a big day so walked back via the next street which was more upmarket with an old tram going up and down the centre and the streets lined along the way with beautiful bronze statues. Beijing is progressively creating these communities for both locals and tourists. A great way to end the ...
... in the local stores for souvenirs to send back home.
The shops outside Tienanmen's Square had a variety of souvenirs on offer along with authentic Jade and other items of interest. I was excited when I went into one shop and was able to purchase some authentic Jade for a great price for gifts back home. Excited after my purchase of rare Jade Chinese zodiac pendants, I headed back to the hotel to prepare myself for my first overnight train experience. ...
... per family policy people are now marrying later as the poor men who have to pay for everything, have to wait longer to be able to purchase a home for their bride. Due to the ratio between men and women 8:1 women can be far re picky and contribute bugger all.
The amble to the Bell tower was such a slog ;-) across the path. Once again we climbed up very steep steps to see the largest bell in China. Once again the views over Beijing were spectacular and ...
... to leave his tomb and
this is to remind him he must stay. Then, as we stepped through the
gate (boys had to step with the left foot and girls had to step with
the right foot) we had to yell as loud as we could in Chinese
something along the lines of "I am coming back" or "I
have arrived" to keep the mythical creature that is sleeping on
top of the gate (there is a stone statue of an animal with a dragon
head and a horse body) asleep. The foot ...