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... meters diameter.
The temples were used by the Chinese Emperors in the Ming
Dynasty when they made animal sacrifices to ensure a bumper harvest. We spent 5
hours wondering around and it still want enough time to see it all. The
contrasts were very interesting. Some areas were packed with tour groups and
jumping with people while other areas were full of locals playing and doing
crafts and games in groups.
Weather as expected today, freezing, but this was first day we have seen the sun and a sort of blue sky...now I know why our foreign tourists marvel at our weather and clear skies. Discovered a lot about China's beautiful Jade today, and saw some exquisite pieces, that I resisted. Went for a walk through the Birds Nest. And Water Cube at the Olympic Village....the Chinese certainly know how to build big structures, these too were quite impressive. All these ...
... were walking the streets of Beijing with complete freedom. (Well there may be a “few” video cameras.) Not only was it a blue sky day but as it turns out the first week in October is a national holiday (Seven day holiday).
The “new” Peoples Republic of China was declared by Mao on October 1, 1949. There was an extra million or so Chinese celebrating the holiday. The National Museum was closed and Tiananmen Square was a ...
... is so cheap though.
+Everyone I've met so far is really nice.
+The World of Chinese: my new favourite magazine. It's mostly science/technology from a Chinese perspective It also features a hilariously insulting agony aunt and each article gives you a few Chinese characters to learn.
~Weird food combos. Fish soup flavour crisps? Hawaiian Pizza that has ...
... just chatting. At 9 Tommy and Lauren went back to Tianjin. While looking for cabs we saw a laser vendor so both Toy and Lauren bought lasers. Next thing we knew 2 guys with monkeys walked up. You could pAy to take pictures holding a monkey. It was very unsanitary but the monkey was really cute and didn't bite anyone. He kept jumping back and forth between all of us. He was obviously trained to take money from people's hands because I had my card ...