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I arrived yesterday, it is a long process to get from the airport. Starting with your arrival. We taxied for 20 minutes to get around to the terminal 3 bldg. Then we hiked to an immigration checkpoint, then on a train to the next terminal. Now it starts to get fun!!! waiting and waiting and waiting.. it took an hour to get my bags. I am not sure …
... is an older area of Beijing where the government has kept the old fashioned structures of "olden day" life in Beijing. (These are rare in the city, as of Beijing's history was destroyed either as part of China's Cultural Revolution or to make way for modern development on a massive scale). The Hutongs are all single storied homes built around a quad, with most having no bathrooms, as plumbing hasn't been laid, so communal bathrooms are around every corner. We actually ...
Yesterday was a great learning experience all around. I started my day joining the three industry professionals and Benson for a tour of the Forbidden City. The Forbidden city is the inner ring of Beijing and is where the Royal Family lived. It was called Forbidden City because normal citizens were not permitted to go inside the palace gates. We walked the square and then headed for the City, only to find out that the Forbidden City was closed and we couldn't go ...
... t return by Bullet Train as it would have taken even longer to get back in to Beijing in rush hour. It was hectic and chaotic outside of rush hour so I can’t imagine what it would have been like amongst all the commercial traffic, the cars and the many, many bicycles – apparently there are 9 million bicycles in Beijing, jing, jing, or so Katie Melua says!!
A fabulous but tiring day and one not to be missed on any account. Shanghai next, after a day at ...
... some reason, our conversation was on the topic of funerals (probably because we were at the Ming Tombs). She asked how people in America usually bury dead people and how they lower caskets into the ground. I told her that I couldn't really answer that second part because I've never been to a funeral before and haven't seen how they do it. Apparently it was hard for her to believe that no one close to me has died in my lifetime. ...
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