ARIVA Beijing West Hotel & Serviced Apartment
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... and had some lovely luncheon. Then we entertained ourselves with one of Chinese youngsters favourite activities - karaoke!! #downwiththekids It was so much fun with banging tunes one after the other and we nearly lost our voices after two hours - totes worth it!! #swiftyalltheway #wearenotyet22 In the evening we went back to our favourite #capitalmall for a bit of cheeky free wifi at McDonald's. Our daily routine. That's all ...
... also been listening to old law school lectures. Tomorrow we're heading to Tian'anmen Square and the Forbidden City; we're also going to see a mummified Chairman Mao doing his bizarre afterlife turn as a tourist attraction. Chapter Four: Red Carpet In the morning we set out to see Chairman Mao; for whatever reason the hall where his stuffed corpse is exhibited closes at midday (one wonders why as he can't have much else to do). We got stuck in one of the arbitrary police ...
I couldn't sleep last night. I don't know why. I don't think my nap was too long yesterday. I went out and about and did stuff, so I was tired. I don't know.
I was thinking my roommate comes back today, but it's tomorrow. That's kind of a bummer. I'm not sure what I'll do today. I could shop, but I don't know how much money I'll need until I go home. Touring some place is no fun by ...
... terribly angry about being copied so often??
Olympic park: check [it's only a park] and then on to the more fascinating Lama Temple. The biggest Tibetian temple outside that region and it makes us shortly regret that we will not make it there as it urrently is the political season and Tibet is closed for tourists. Too bad. On the way back we witness Tibetian paintings being created, see the most expensive Buddha statue we've seen so far [4000 EUR for a 12 cm high statue] ...
... 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 ...