Hang Lu Airport Hotel
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... and sunshine. Conveniently for them our arrival coincided with the communist party's yearly national congress, so the television crews were also able to benefit from the weather. Each day since then, the smog has become progressively denser and you can now feel it at the back of your throat and in your hair at the end of a long day. Over the Olympic Games, Beijing enjoyed an uncharacteristic 6 weeks of clear skies - it says something about the power of a ...
... then into the waiting area. Lee said his goodbyes. As our first Guide, I felt that he had been friendly and had done his essential job well, but could have been a bit more generally helpful. Never mind so far so good.
In the waiting area toilet, I noticed the consistent signs in the urinals urging users to step forward and keep the place hygienic to 'Build a Civilized Public Lavatory'. It seemed to be part of a big drive to educate people in using and looking ...
... for the bargain price of 2 yuan (32¢).
Boarded Subway Line 2 train at 4:18, then transferred at Jianguomen Station to Subway Line 1. Boarded Line 1 at 4:29 and arrived seven minutes later at my destination, Tiananmen East Station near Tiananmen Square. After coming up the escalator to the street, I walked seven minutes to my hotel, Days Inn Forbidden City, arriving at 4:50 p.m. Total travel time from my apartment to my hotel: 19 hours 40 minutes.
... is something I'm not really going to ever be able to achieve. Seriously, UW only offers one more year worth of Chinese courses (300 level), which I believe reaches about 3500 characters? BLCU's level goes up to more than 6000 characters. Not to mention, classes back home seem to lack in listening and speaking compared to here. So unless I come back to China, fluency won't happen for me.
Anyway, I have decided that ...
... went out of use with the last Emperor leaving due to the boxer rebellion in 1924. The "Forbidden" part of the Forbidden City refers to the whole complex being off limits and highly secretive for most of its 500 year history. The complex contains around 1,000 buildings and 10,000 rooms all divided into an inner and outer court. To give you an idea of scale, the outer court has several large squares, one of which routinely accommodated 100,000 trembling courtiers to be addressed ...