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Leaving that wonderful hotel in Xi'an this morning at 5.45 am was hard, we headed for the airport with our takeaway breakfasts and said goodbye to Kevin, checked in with only a short wait for our flight. Brekkie number two on the plane was interesting to say the least!! Pumpkin porridge, some sort of fungi mushrooms, four mini tomatoes, a bun containing a spicy vegetable substance and ...
... 1027 in the basement (this was cheaper than a room at ground level or above). Checked my e-mail and did a few other things online (but not check Facebook as access to the social-media site is blocked in China!)
Started watching a TiVo show on my phone in bed when I began drifting off. I had planned to stay up until 9 or 10 p.m. and then go to sleep, hoping to get an early start on my first day of sightseeing tomorrow. Instead, I turned off my phone and crashed a few minutes after 7 p.m.
... today. For example, when I was last here some 20 years ago, we were free to wander onto and around Tianamen Square at liberty. Today, we were forced to enter at a particular side of the Square and walk across to the Forbidden City in a certain direction. The Forbidden City is incredibly impressive. Acres and acres of concrete and beautifully crafted buildings to house the Emperor and his 1000 eunuchs and several ...
... Chineese people don't seem to have feet any bigger than a men's size 9. In the end I didn't end up buying anything and left the markets to cross the road to the zoo.
The ticket was ¥40 (AU$6) and there wasn't even a line. When I got inside, the place was deserted. Apparently TWPZ aren't the only ones that have no visitors during February. However I think the lack of tourists may have had something to do with the weather. The zoo had a pretty wide range ...
... then hiked 6km along the wall. It was steep in places and certainly hard work but we made it and the views were spectacular! The way down was the best as we got the toboggan!! Day four we ventured into central Beijing to see Tian'anmen Square. We walked around it and saw The Great Hall of The People, Monument to the People's Hero's, Mao Mausoleum, Front Gate, and the National Museum of China. After Tian'anmen square we went through ...