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... camera crews. That was a relief because Rosalind thought it was a protest regarding the newly established "flight identification zone" that China recently established in a controversial move that has irritated primarily Japan and the international community.
We got up, finished packing, put our bags outside the door and headed for breakfast. Departure time was 0915 for the airport. After breakfast I went to the front desk to settle my bill. ...
... along the Wall right up to the final point tourists are allowed to access. Then for the fun part! After making it back to where we started we choose to toboggan down instead of walking. Must say how safe it was overall was questionable but it was good fun and a hell off a lot easier! Until we caught up with a really slow person which kinda killed the fun.... Never mind! On to ...
... of the wall. I'm so glad I made the effort as its possible to see what a great job they have done of sympathetically (for China) restoring the wall, allowing safe access and still managed to retain much of the feeling of the unrestored section. Also the unrestored section give you a real feeling that this is an ancient monument and an amazing feat of engineering for its time or even in modern times. I'm also glad I got to see the 2000 year old early mud wall version that ...
... had some more beer & street food, kung pao chicken & dumplings, and caught the subway back - less stressful although pretty busy, 45 mins we were home.
Needless to say that I doubt I'll be left in charge of arrangements or 'great ideas' from the guidebook, or planning days out for a while...... discussion of the morning has been 'what shall we do today?' hmmmm.................. wait & see in the next installment of the Pez's do Beijing in holiday week!
... aggravated. After our trials and tribulations we were finally able to stop 3 taxis for the seven of us to get to the station. Although we could not communicate with them, we figured out that showing them our ticket would communicate where we need to go to them. 30 minutes later, we were at the train station. We waited around for about an hour until we boarded the train. Before we knew it and in the blink of an eye, our time in Beijing came to an end.
-Pierre Lucien ...
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