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... below, before walking to the Schoolhouse Restaurant (owned by the one and only Jim Spear) to enjoy some pasta for our last orderly lunch in China. Tonight it's off again to the Schoolhouse restaurant for our 'last supper' in China and before you know it the morrow will have arrived and we will be "leaving on a jet plane, not sure when we'll be back again".
... and I was going to wander off again and take in a few more temples etc however I've pretty much had my fill of temples in Beijing so I've spent a couple of relaxing days meandering through the tiny little mazes of Hulongs, eating cheap food with the locals, sharing a few beers with them and catching up with friends and family back home.
Done a bit more research for where else I would like to get to after X'ian and it's looking like ...
... were then so emboldened that we decided to have a go at the metro system. Successfully bought tickets ($0.15) and could find our way down to the depth of the subway system and even changing lines. Luckily the stations have names in our alphabet too otherwise we would have had no chance at all. Lots of people and lots of maneuvering at very close quarters including constant shuffling. Hard for a long striding Swede! Back to the hotel for ...
It doesn't take a genius to imagine that the Wall was very busy and very 'touristy' but that's exactly what I'd expected and given the magnitude of the construction and it's iconic status I didn't begrudge it the attention it receives. With a time limit of about three hours we took the chairlift up (yes, the Great Wall has a chairlift) to avoid wasting time and set to it. Representing England was me and another young couple. Her name was Kirsty but I've forgotten his ...
... that we took pIhotographs of all the explanations so we wouldnt forget. Inside we also went to the museum of clocks - so many beautifully maded from all over the world. But my favourtie part was the Imperial Gardens - although its winter, they were lovely. We then came out and went for a rickshaw ride throught he Hutons (old china streets) and ended up at Jian Shaw Park. It was pretty and had a great view of the forbidden city ...