BEST WESTERN Grandsky Hotel Beijing
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- Continental Breakfast
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Business Services
- Wheelchair accessibility
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... tried about 5 different cash machines before establishing that we could only get money from the Bank of China. Finally we figured out the metro system (it's actually really good and, like every metro system we've been on, much cheaper and more efficient than anything in Britain) and located our hostel.
During our first few days we quickly saw the key sights. The Temple of Heaven had some fantastic old Chinese buildings, but by ...
... and early development stage. As a result, there is an extremely delicate and complex balance between cost control and traveler satisfaction. Additionally, as we were at the Microsoft offices, we were given a brief overview of the history of Microsoft (including some old school photos) and then had the chance to check out some of the fancy new products. We played a few interactive video games like Wii but without the controller as our bodies work as the controllers in a sort of ...
... basically my "year off." My parents were beyond nice to let me live abroad for a year. My dad expects me to complete my degree.
I really don't want to return to Colorado. There is nothing for me there. I really don't see myself there anymore.
During our chat, I expressed how panicked I was about not getting a summer internship yet and having no idea where I was living next semester.
After talking to my friend, I dashed ...
... 30 minutes before each station they lock the bathrooms, and I recieved an urgent call from nature about 28 minutes before we reached the border, leaving me in the not so favourable position of begging the train attendant for access to the staff loo. Eventually, she obliged, and that was quite the relief.
The main reason the border crossing took that much time was the slight difference in width between the Mongolian tracks and the Chinese. A few carriages at a time had to be ...
... DURR!). I got quite the scrute, but I passed on, little did I know that was the worst of my troubles.
I walked down a small corridor-type thing to line up again to go through the checks. Now normally, this is fairly easy. You put your things in the scanner, take your laptop out and walk through a metal detector. Not so easy in Beijing.
First I had to disembowl ALL my bags ENTIRELY. Every cord, iPod, cellphone, computer, pen, flashlight ...