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Travel Blogs from Beijing
Writing to you now from a cool middle bunk in a doorless 6-bed berth. From my earlier attempts, I obviously need to practice getting onto my bed (I both fell and accidentally kicked a passer-by in the head) but I was able to rig up a fetching modesty curtain to make a pyjama changing area. My tour here started on Sunday and I made an excellent first impression on the group by showing up to the welcome meeting ...
... of preserved ancient wooden structures in the world. The palace is named Forbidden City since you were only allowed into the city if you were summoned by the emperor. If you arrive without an invitation death would be the punishment. We decided to take the self guided audio tour since I read the facts would be more accurate. However the audio tour was very wordy and probably gave more details than we really needed or cared about. It was very difficult ...
... wheel) and saw just how quickly Tainjin was growning. New construction as far as the eye could see, and industry everywhere. There was also a few temples here and there and the ice skating on the river was interesting to see from up above, but was struck me the most was the industrial nature of the city and the sheer amount of skyscrapers.
After the eye we explored the main shopping centre and had lunch at one of the places. Chinese ...
... 2 beers later, Stacey had been converted (Ben had been a long-time Soho bun convert!) to the delights of these fabulous examples of Chinese cuisine at its simplest (and in my opinion, finest). We eventually tore ourselves away from the buns and continued on our culinary tour of Beijing with Snack Street. Those logical amongst you will have guessed that it is a street selling snacks, but it's so much more than that: imagine every tacky present you have seen on markets in ...
... yet more photos with teh locals and made our way to an apparently famous chinese restaurant for lunch. However, the leader went to try and find the missing persons so we kind of wandered aimlessly with some of the other people there to look asfter us. we ended up standing on a corner somewhere like a freak show fo everyone to stare at us, and if they didnt stare at us they were beggars with their eyes pulled out to get more sympathy trying to sell us ...
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