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... normal weather. We went to Wei's parent's condo. It was cool because we saw a whole part of the city that tourists don't usually go to and it was interesting to see where/ how most people live. He explained a lot about housing, living standards, and the economy. It's so confusing and complex and most of it still doesn't make sense to me. The high rises (which are massive and basically look like clusters of sky scrapers everywhere) are the equivalent to our ...
... she asked if I wanted green beans, so I just said yeah.
We walked outside of east gate and ate at the Green Beans place. You only go there if you are in the mood for green beans, since that it what is good for. Katherine got her food way before me, but I finished mine way before her.
Then we got some bubble tea drinks. So glad that I am coming back next semester because I get to drink my bubble tea more!
I returned to my room, but I ...
... atmosphere. We took a ride around by rickshaw - such a nice change from the choking traffic! We were given the opportunity to visit the home of a local family. The house had been with the couple for 4 generations and although the land size (gardens) had been reduced over the years, the structure of the internal courtyard and the adherence to the principles of fend shui hadn't changed. The lady who lived there explained the hierarchy of assigning rooms to ...
... filthy, overpopulated metropolis. However, being replete with Central Asian consulates it was an appropriate location in which to begin the necessary battle against time in acquiring our permit to the many countries on our proposed journey. We began with Kazakhstan. Apparently the Kazakh embassy in Beijing is a notoriously difficult location for obtaining a visa. Having read many other traveller's reports of the embassy's chaotic and overly extensive bureaucratic ...
There is construction pretty much wherever we have been in the city. A lot of the older apartment buildings that must be 20 – 30 years old, dating back to the early 80's after reforms were put in place with the death of Mao, are being refurbished or pulled down and old Hutongs being cleared, and the massive subway network expanded.
South Station is massive and rivals our new OR Thambo airport in JHB. We were ...
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