Ariva Beijing Luxury
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... the Shaolin Temple is world famous and many visitors flock to the temple to see these monks in action. It has lost its old world appeal as it has become just another tourist attraction. However, the ability, discipline, and commitment witnessed at the shows cannot be denied. Kung Fu was fun for the kids and seeing who had flexibility and who didn't was obvious. :) Our Kung Fu instructor is about 5 feet tall and knows her stuff. ...
... death a couple years ago in a terrorist attack.
The area outside the train station was entirely unfamiliar to me. First, I had visited on a quiet night before, and now it was noon on a weekend with people everywhere. Second, you apparently have to go through a security cordon to access the Square or the Forbidden City (where Mao's picture is). This we did not expect, and as such, we didn't have time (or the desire anyways) to wait in what appeared be at ...
... that led back down. So after realizing we were seeing bits we hadn’t seen before we found we were about 500m past the path back down. The extra walk helped with our need for exercise but at least the descent back down to our driver was a lot easier than going up!
However, all in all we decided that events had worked to our advantage in that we had originally planned on visiting an unrestored section of the wall and we had seen what that ...
... on the lake. It was awe-inspiring. We also saw a large marble boat, but I don't think it floats on its own :p As we were leaving the park, we realized that we had not seen the main attraction, so we climbed to the top palace. It was actually really creepy, being in such a old place with no one around, and then it turned dark. We kept climbing and saw the most beautiful view of Beijing, with lights going on for miles. I cannot imagine what it would like on a clear day.
Well, it is one day [*] after I disembarked the longest train journey of my life. One hundred and thirty two hours, thirty four minutes and four seconds to be precise! Running over a seven day period from Tuesday 30th April until Monday 6th May. 7,858km over two continents and three countries. 33 stops in total including Moscow at the start and Beijing at the end.
So, to update of my antics between the ...