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... visit some of the famous restaurants.
We came to Capital M tonight, the same brand as M on the Bund in Shanghai. Our poor taxi driver was getting stressed as he couldn't find the restaurant and we drove around the block by Tiananmen Square a couple of times. It was tucked in at the end of a block of modern hutung designed buildings, starting with a fabulous theatre at one end. There ...
... dinner...apparently quietly amused that the ducks head was to be facing her the whole time during dinner, but respectfully was very thankful for the experience. Gemma also visited some landmarks, but was most amused at spotting "Catching Fire" screening at the local cinemas...and although already having watched it 4 times back home, was very tempted to ask her buddy to watch it a '5th' time with the unique experience of seeing it all in Chinese! :)
My alarm was set for 7 today, and when I woke I really felt exhausted. I wasnt particularly sleepy but felt drained and my muscles ached. I had planned to go to the summer palace today, as it is supposed to be so beautiful that I felt I needed to squeeze it in! I mustered the energy to get dressed and go down to the cafe, as maybe food would make me feel better. I had a huge bowl of porridge with a banana in it, which was delicious, as I quietly watched ...
... the major tourist access point to the great wall (that's Badaling) which was recommended to us instead for the smaller crowds and toboggan run. The people were definitely taking advantage of the tourist attraction; the street was lined with all sorts of vendors selling t-shirts, hats, dried fruit, noodles, pancakes and more. We bought tickets to ride up to the wall on a ski-lift, and from there we were greeted with an amazing pinch-me moment; we were actually ...
... as possible, so I'm gonna have to get brave and go out to try new things while I'm here. It'll probably be cheaper, and it'll certainly be more fun.
Anyway, this post has become incredibly long. I suppose that's what happens when you're covering four days instead of two. Alright, I need to go to bed so I'll post pictures tomorrow. Thank you for joining me, and I hope you'll join me again on Monday as the Beijing Program enters its final week.
Robert J. Burrows