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... emperors and empresses. In 1860, it was brutally burned down by the Anglo-French Forces. The garden had to be rebuilt at least twice (1866 and again 1902). In 1914, the Summer Palace was opened to the public as a private property of the Qing imperial family and was formally opened as a park in 1924. Only then the ordinary people had a chance to enter the garden.
Of course, we managed to to visit the most important parts of the Summer Palace, such as:
... an (pronounced See ahn) and found a Chinese fast food restaurant that served 500ml bottles of beer. Michael won the inaugural Least Diligent Tourist award for 1) buying warm beer when cold beer was available, then 2) buying cold light beer when cold full strength beer was available. He topped this off by losing his boarding pass and had to throw himself at the mercy of the service desk staff to get a ...
... higher you go the more authentic and expensive the pearls are. We soon realise that this market is set up for tourists, complete with a Starbucks on the ground floor and an ATM.
For dinner we head to Ghost street and it's mental, all lit up in neon lights and lanterns, we walk a bit if it and soon get feed up, we go to Hua's restaurant, which is a bit more expensive and more plush than we are used to, but ...
... unrelenting hate. No amount of smiling or polite bows was going to quell the tide of suspicion*.
(* I've spoken to a few others since and apparently it's quite common. There are even people who have made humour out of it by categorising the different types of stare or starer)
The only person to show me anything different all day was a teacher out with her students, doing some kind of English learning activity. They were only little kids she had with her and an ...
... we know you'll miss him so much. Funny how being away from home when people need you most just magnifies things and makes it difficult not being able to be there to give support. Take care coming home today & speak soon xxxx
Tuesday night Andy had his bowling league again, so I opted for a relaxing night in. Andy had a great idea recently that I should set up a group within the InterNations network that we belong to, for a ladies only ...
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