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... north gate and walked in a mostly clockwise direction through the park, which includes many acres of greenspace (there’s about 4,000 knotted cypress trees in the park) as well as a collection of halls and altars. Temple of Heaven Park dates to 1420 and takes up 675 acres in southcentral Beijing. (For comparison, New York’s Central Park takes up 843 acres.)
“Each year, the Chinese emperors – the sons of heaven – came here to ...
... worried squatting at the best of times as I feel like people can see me in the gap below the door.
A bus and a mini van later, we arrived at the Mutiyanu section of the wall, which was nice and quiet. The weather was amazing, 30 degrees, blue skies and fluffy white clouds. The strong breeze did the trick to cool us down in the heat. This breeze however, was absent from the first ascent as we climbed hundreds of steep steps. We were all puffing and blowing but made ...
... instead of going in - apparently it can take 5 hours to walk round the 980 buildings inside - we thought it's just buildings....lost the tourist heads this day! It was still fairly impressive from the outside, the whole thing is surrounded by a river and we seen pretty much all of that! I'm sure there's loads of stories and history about this place to tell but if your interested here: ...
... to the hostel to chill out for awhile, and it wasn't until almost 8:30 that we really got hungry. Shannon was busy with blog-post-writing, so Andrew decided to go to Wu-mart for self-catered dinner again. Andrew picked up some of that same Chinese cabbage salad (which was delicious!), as well as some pickled cucumber salad (spiral-cut!), and some long bean salad as well. For proteins, he snagged some deep-fried tofu, some sliced beef shin, another of ...
... was in. We sat around in second-hand couches and chairs that the school had provided as furnishings for a while, surfing the web on phones and computers, no one bothering to talk yet. We were all a little worn out from the craziness of the past few days, and the night before had been no exception.
Two days earlier, we had gotten our first taste of Beijing when a group of us had been led into the city by one of the program's language instructors. She'd given us a ...
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