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... easy, I hear you cry. No. The numbers were written in Chinese, some were Romanized, but none were in chuffing English or as digits. The streets where we were staying were a little run down. We had decided against something more lavish to save pennies for India. There were concrete medium rise and tatty looking flats mingled with low rise industrial/retail units. Think of similar Victorian brick buildings but with the Chinese roof and eaves detailing using ...
Today was one if the highlights of the trip. We left early by bus for one of the sections of the Great Wall. It was one hour north of Beijing and is not as crowded as two other sections called Ba da ling or Mu tian yu.
We had two hours to climb up the Great Wall and could choose two different paths. The left side is a lot steeper and the right side was more my speed.
There is an old Chinese saying that to be a man one ...
... on the first of two subway trains. It was easier than expected as the signage is in English in addition to Chinese (mandarin?). The difficulty arose when I needed to exit the Dongsi subway and work out which direction to go. Thankfully a very helpful local Chinese woman helped me cart my overweight suitcase up multiple flights of stairs prior to flagging down a cab and having protracted discussions about the whereabouts of my hotel. Taxi ...
... water goes over your eyes, ears, and forehead without going down your face. It's a really cool sensation.
Then I went back to the chair. She was going to brush out my wet hair, but I told Ada, she wouldn't be able to get through my hair with a brush. So then she got a small comb. Oh, dear. I'm not sure they had every seen hair like mine: thick, thick, layer upon layer of curly/wavy hair. A guy came over with a blow dryer, and he was going to start drying my hair without combing it ...
... were freighted from faraway provinces.
Since yellow is the symbol of the royal family, it is the dominant color in it. Roofs are built with yellow glazed tiles; decorations in the palace are painted yellow; even the bricks on the ground are made yellow by a special process. However, there is one exception. Wenyuange, the royal library, has a black roof. The reason is that it was believed black represented water then and could extinguish fire.
The forbidden city ...