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... world go and a came to the conclusion we could both live out here. Our moon cake tasting was far more successful than yesterday's trial- no red bean paste or the traditional quail egg in sight, instead a nice filling of blueberry jam. Total indulgence. Breakfast done we walked down the shady cyprus avenues and along The Long Corridor which was filled with noisy locals selling crocheted animals, playing cards and sheltering from the warming sun. You'd come here ...
... photos with us, they have no idea what we are saying, nor do we know what they are saying but there is an international language via photos that leaves you with a great big smile an exchange of thumbs up or a hand shake of appreciation. After dinner we narrowly just made it to the bullet train to get back to the hotel. Tomorrow we go to the Great Wall of china.....so I better say goodnight as there will be another big day of walking ahead. All our luv Cate and Erica ...
... we went to the Tiananmen Square, the big central square in Beijing with Mao's Mausoleum and all its turbulent history. We gave the nearby Forbidden City a miss (mainly due to the amount of people and the heat) and headed directly to the Temple of Heaven. We think that the round temple and its vast garden is one of Beijing's most beautiful sights. We ended the day with some relaxing drinks at a nice roof top bar.
The next afternoon – after a lazy morning – we ...
... late!! We donned our thermals hats and coats and headed out into the bright sunny and bitterly cold morning in search of sustenance!
Having walked the streets for 45 minutes we gave up on trying to find any kind of restaurant or cafe where we could read any signs! There were a couple of 'walk-in' type cafes with steam escaping from their doors. They looked busy but we had no idea what they were serving or how to order! Eventually we came ...
... from one end to the other. There was so much information to take in that all I really remember is that the little animal figurines on ends of the sloping roofs are in actual fact not just ornamentation but symbolise the importance of the building. The more a building has the higher in status it is and only in the Forbidden City was a roof allowed to have as many as it did (numbers, colours and just about everything else being symbolic.)