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... is staggering – but China is also a place where cities are built and then not inhabited – the huge so-called “ghost cities”.
While it has been really interesting to get a measure of the history and way of life in China we are so aware that we have not even scratched the surface of this huge and complex society. Other than being blocked from using Google, Facebook or YouTube, we have not experienced, nor even ...
... with the Forbidden City and has a number of special purpose buildings (places for holding animals for sacrifice, a kitchen, a "fasting room" where the Emperor fasted for 3 days prior to the ceremony, dressing rooms, plus the actual temple which is quite a wonderful building. We spent quite a bit of time just wandering the grounds and enjoying the crowds. As with our previous day there were lots of people doing activities - ball tai chi, exercises, ...
... minute, then walked away. Well, it just prepared me for the relentless staring on our first day traveling around Beijing. The airport was really nice, though. St. Louis' airport really sucks in comparison. Then, we made it to our accomodations around 12 am (Beijing time) on the 14th and crashed.
P.S.- Included some funny English signs for your enjoyment. I will continue to post as I see them.
... with some retired men performing Chinese opera. The temple is an amazing group of very old structures with names like the Shed of Sacrifice, hall of prayer for good harvests, Imperial vault of heaven and the echo wall. Definitely worth a visit. We had lunch in at typical Beijing-style noodle house, where someone ordered silk worm pupae by mistake. I do not recommend it, but the noodles were great. Our last stop in Beijing was the Summer Palace. This is an idyllic oasis in the ...
In my last entry I talked about celebrating my one month of being here with a full body massage, but I didn't quite tell you about the massage. There was four of us and we all trekked down to the 24 hour massage place around 7:30 pm. Yes, 24 hours, talk about that later. So we all get to the massage parlor and the guy at the desk doesn't speak English so he shows us a card with the services and we chose full body for $100 RMB $15.75. Then ...
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