Beijing Kuntai Novel Hotel
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... of photos, jostling for the best position or surreptitiously taking photos of, in the case of the Chinese tourists, the western tourists and in our case, the Chinese tourists! It was quite funny really, some people came and asked to have their photo taken with us, and others just hid behind a tree or wall and took a photo from there.
Our top tip for visiting the Forbidden City is to stay right until closing time, and walk the length of the city to get out the front ...
... 15.8599996566772px;">The whole process took a while, partly because we were unfamiliar with it. Then we trudged back to everyone else and had lunch. We met at a restaurant that served pizza and beer, and ended up having lunch there with everyone. It was really good, as the pizzas were huge, and pretty familiar, and the beers were also huge and 10 RMB (around $2 AUD). The guys have said on this trip that they're happy to shout drinks at these prices. It's ...
... brief rain storm while on the wall and had to take cover in one of the old watch towers but it added to the occasion and the storm clouds over the mountains made the view even more spectacular. Unfortunately the wet weather made the toboggan un-usable so we had to cable car back down which was pretty annoying as I'd looked forward to that slide the whole 3 hours we was on the wall. Another wonder of the world off the ...
... the vast number of pearls on sale.
Later that night we went for a 5 min walk round the corner to see Tiananmen at night… and arrived just in time to see the fountain display.
See the 'slightly large' bowl of flowers in Tiananmen square?
My pictures & vids don’t really show just how busy it was – I just can’t get over the difference between coming here ...
... side.Rich made it to the top accompanied by a very large group of Chinese school children and their leaders. It was a fun workout with beautiful views and heavy winds at the top. Vernie made it to Tower 2.
We got back on the bus and drove a short distance for another excellent lunch of, you guessed it, Chinese food. An hour bus ride got us back in the city for a short stop at the Beijing Zoo. We focused on the pandas who seemed happy and beautiful munching on bamboo. They eat ...