Airport Garden Hotel
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... will be fine. You are young". I didn't bother going into the two knee surgeries and lame hip injury. "Sure!", I say enthusiastially looking down at my cute leather booties. "I'd love to climb a wall in small heels!"
We get to the wall and it's obviously a huge tourist mecca--duh. But, I figured at least it would have amenities. Wrong. The two bathrooms were padlocked. I have no idea why. Oh well, nothing that climbing a few gazillion stairs ...
... into the country to see the Great Wall. The section we visited was called the Wild Section and had very few people. We climbed up several sections and it was unbelievable to think of one million soldiers living on the wall and keeping watch. It was a grand sight. Lunch at local home whose owner serves lunches to OAT groups. The best dishes -- lovely green sautéed garlic stems, and a sweet and sour chicken dish -- ...
... seems more acceptable than tearing everything down to build giant shopping malls and skyscrapers (Hong Kong). Tangled in with the new is the old, you can still see old grannies in their pjs pulling their laundry down from the line and people are still selling vegetables from the back of their bikes.
Being low season (and cold though nothing like at home and I prefer walking around in this weather as opposed to high humidity and ...
... a bit with speaking with the people there. My Chinese is still bad. I still don't know how to communicate in normal daily situations like getting a haircut. Luckily, language barrier is not a big issue for me because the hair stylist knows how to work my hair. If I was not Asian, it would be a stressful situation.
As I was getting my hair cut, the salon played music by the Korean band Big Bang.
So happy with my haircut. My ...
... when we got down. Everyone congratulated us. We collected our souvenirs, and treated ourselves to ice cream. Fruity flavors for the kids, red bean flavor for Tiff, and G had a good old fashioned coke.
We stopped at a cloisonne factory They make beautiful items made out of copper with copper detailing, paint it and fire it. Looking at it you would think it's ceramic.