Beijing Foreign Experts Building
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... to make it to the next level. Well, level up, because I got to my hotel only 45 minutes after leaving the airport. Those poor sods in line for a taxi were probably still waiting.
Of course, I feel terribly illiterate here in China. Not being able to read the signs means that I'm at the mercy of translations and pre-arranged directions. I had a similar feeling in Japan, but there, everything was very efficient and organized and quite a few people spoke some English. ...
... huge park . . There is lots of beautiful green space in Beijing! Flowers are everywhere . . Having the Olympics here was a great incentive for the Chinese to spiff up their city . And it really shows. Along one major road, there were banks and banks of beautiful roses . . . . In many vibrant colors! We spent a long time walking through this park. It was Sunday morning and the place was packed with people! It ...
... but then after looking we found some great things. I bought a big ring and a cute little yellow porcelain bottle. Talbot bought an awesome fish padlock and a lighter in the shape of a dolphin. One of the sellers tried to get me to buy a large statue of Mao and I thought it was hilarious, but he took massive offence. Oops! It's was great having Windy there as he really helped barter and get prices down. It was getting late so we headed back to our ...
... hell I’m saying most of the time!
Had a few issues though and I will try & explain it but it’s very much a typical ‘China’ thing. There’s this thing called ‘face’ which is incredibly important to the Chinese, basically to you & I it would be the times where we may suffer some embarrassment over something, or got something wrong & looked a bit stupid in front of others. Here it’s important to ...
... as the rudeness of locals towards tourists, but I have since learnt it's just the lack of English. Dave explained it's just the way of life here and Confucius teaches doing what you have to do for yourself, looking after number 1. This may have been lost in translation but does explain a lot about their arrogance. We were blown away with China's 5,000 year old history and its culture. It was well worth the stop, and like many places the more you spend time, the more you'll uncover.