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We arrived in the capital at 7am which gave us a full day to explore and see some sights. After checking in, our first stop was Tiananmen square which is the centre of Beijing. First thoughts so far have been how busy and how smoggy the sky is. Seriously getting onto the metro even in off peak hours is a struggle and a city which has a quarter of the population of the UK ...
... and our stomachs. The lady doing me asked if I'd had children, presumably due to my gorgeous stretch marks. When I said that I'd had three children, they were all amazed, because it's not very common in China to have that many children.
The massage was really nice, but it wasn't as relaxing as I might have expected. However, we were then told to lay on our backs the other way, with our feet down the bottom of the bed, and were given another really good foot ...
... full of opulent treasures. Crowns, necklaces, intricate jade carvings and many other items signal the wealth amassed by the previous residents. The highlight is a rock garden tucked in near the north east corner of the complex here prior kings must of widdled away the time seeking enlightenment or planning their next strategic battle.
Behind the complex is the towering hill of ...
... and walked away.
I’m generally a confident traveller, obviously it depends on
the destination somewhat. Had I been in some tinpot hellhole like Congo or
Middlesbrough or somewhere equally as insane I’d have thought twice and
probably just given the required money but I trust the Chinese for the most
part. There’s little chance of getting gunned down in full view of the masses
here. (Ok ok, yes…but let’s not go there on ...
This was a tough, tired journey. At check in, I took the girls to the loo whereupon Minnie discovered a squatting toilet. "Mummy the toilet's gone," she said, earnestly. Harry now knows how to sleep on his mummy. I like that. He slept on me for 3hours during the flight. Lovely. We arrived in Beijing late at night - around 11pm - and must confess we were nervous about getting through customs as Harry's chickenpox spots were evident and we had already been held ...