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We made it to Beijing!
It's really late, so off to bed! Busy 3 days ahead before heading home on Wednesday!
... stay committed to fitness and health.
I walked back to my dorm room. Valentina said hi to me and asked if I was joining the pizza party. I said no because I already did that last semester. The whole 2cool4skool attitude was clear.
I entered my room and fell asleep. Later, I heard someone knocking. It was my Chinese roommate Mike. He came in and he had yet to move in. Mike asked if I was going to the Kungfu show tomorrow with the new people. ...
... saw some public exercising machines. We tried them out and got our daily workout in (not really). When we got on the street, Monica found a caterpillar. She picked it up. As I was standing, a caterpillar dropped from a tree onto my bag. I started panicking and swung it off. Monica was laughing.
We later arrived at the park. It costed two yuan to get in. We originally tried to use our student IDs to get the one yuan discount, but the people would not accept them. Oh ...
... go shopping at the malls that it's no big deal to see someone like me walking around.
The subway is a completely different story. For whatever reason, tourists just don't use the subway system, and here, the staring happens the most. The escalators are the worst; they're like a never-ending line of eyes.
We joke that we should start charging people any time they want to take a picture. Phoenix has been dubbed my official agent, and he will ...
... nothing. We stop at the Beijing Jade Carving Factory on our way to the Ming Tombs. Here we meet Angel, who introduces us to jade. Our first stop in the factory is the 100 horses hand carved in a single piece of jade, which took one person 4 ½ years to complete. The colors of the horses vary as the minerals in the jade cause color changes. We learn that jade comes in different colors and different types. Angel shows us that real jade ...
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