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... biggest stones of all. She also spent the special taxes raised to create a navy on creating these gardens, so the marble tea house in the shape of a ship must have been a constant irritation to the military.
More impressions of the city's life and people come as we drive back through pleasant looking neighbourhoods, and even catch a glimpse of the Bird's Nest stadium. A 20 minute turn-round at the hotel sees us on our way to our fourth Chinese meal in 24 ...
... over the buildings at about 8am. It was rather smoggy but fine. After a huge breakfast in the hotel we set out about 10-30am. With the cold weather here the best times to be out and about seem to be between 10-30am and 3-30pm. On the map it did not seem too far to walk to Tian'amen square but that was very deceptive. Though Fletcher's knee is fine he has a sore Achilles tendon and walking a long way did not help that. We eventually found an Underground station and ventured in. ...
... Tuesday 29th of
October – An early start
after another enormous breakfast. I counted over 60 different dishes
including soups, melons, cereals, but not including nuts, cheeses,
herbs and spices. Today for the first time the sky was blue and the
sun shone brilliantly, no smog at all. Lilly and Mr Wu took us first
to the mountains about an hour and a half away to see and to climb
some of the Great Wall, built more than 2000 years ...
... to Tiananmen square (the world’s largest public square), after first going through the usual Chinese security checks which involves putting your bags through an x-ray machine which probably isn’t even switched on whilst the staff chat away or are half asleep! Given the distances are huge in China, despite there being so many people, it didn’t feel too crowded. There were lots of police everywhere and probably more in plain clothes so we felt quite safe ...
... Qing Dynasty as an imperial retreat from the stifling summer confines of the Forbidden City. Despite existing as an imperial park in earlier dynasties, it was not until the time of Emperior Qianlong, who reigned from 1736 to 1795, that the Summer Palace assumed its current layout. The palace is most associated, however, with Cixi who had it rebuilt twice: once following its destruction by French and English troops in 1860, ...