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... had decided he wanted to climb up to the next (and steepest) section, so he and Joseph continued - taking a couple of 'let's stop and admire the view for a couple of minutes' breaks! The last section was basically ladder climbing to reach a levelled platform. Here a souvenir seller placed a gold medal on David and gave him a Chinese flag to wave so that Joseph could take his photo. All the swimming David has done over the past couple of years helped, ...
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After the Summer Palace, we headed for the Jade Factory, where I was able to see workers actually carving the jade into the pieces you see in stores. I watched one making a "happiness ball" which is 3 or 4 spheres of jade inside each other but not connected, which is actually carved from a single piece ...
... like crackling with a...spidery...aftertaste". You heard it here first. Kim and I shared a snake, which was considerably more reasonable at 20RMB. I actually think snake might taste quite good if it was cooked well, but the one we had was quite rubbery and mostly just tasted of the herbs and spices on the outside. After a lot of walking, we were all shattered and in need of a rest, so called it a night. We all agreed that, after a slow start, it had been a jolly good ...
... price is over $2100 US. Yep, no way on that and try as they may, Mark and Deb cannot get the price down. They give up at $1800 and ask if there’s something a little less expensive. The clerk shows them a smaller version of the pearl, with the Chinese symbol for “love” instead of the diamond. They buy this pearl to celebrate their 10th wedding anniversary. It is a wonderful moment as they share the pearl with us and ...
... br> restaurant hostess for a few minutes until a pair of young white men
in their twenties appeared and casually translated for us in rather
skillful Mandarin. They were both British and had been living in
Beijing for seven months working part-time jobs and studying Mandarin
heavily. After helping us order, they gave us a good layout of which hot spots to aim for
before we left. Supposedly, there's a district ...