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... of you interested by such things will be amused to know that in an idle moment on a long train journey I totted up our expenditure so far, and compared it to our rather rough and ready budget. In Poland, Lithuania and Latvia we underspent. In Estonia we overspent by about half of what we'd saved in total in the first three countries. However in Russia we underspent massively, partly because the train tickets were about half what I'd expected, and partly because we ...
... the chance to purchase lanterns, jade ware, lacquerware, antique furniture and preserved fruits among many other items unique to Beijing.
Beijing has an active nightlife that provides a range of drinking, dancing and entertainment options to its travellers. Whether you are in search for business bars, themed bars and unique establishments, the 400 bars in the city is sure to have something to suit ...
Our first morning in Beijing we went for our free breakfast at a cute little spot called jiggly wiggly next door to our hotel that serves regular western fare and plays calm western tunes. We sat there for ages catching up on the goings on of the last few months with Lee-Ann's being much more exciting than mine. Spain, France, UK and South Africa vs well, work and Kamloops. We are staying in this great area just a few blocks north of the forbidden palace. It is in a Hutong which is ...
... fried bread, egg, lettuce and some form of meat we went back to Tinanmen Square. It was just as busy but we were in a better head space to deal with all of the people. It was a giant square of people wanting to taking photos. People were waving Chinese flags and wearing stickers on there face and moving around?? Was quite interesting. After we walked around a bit we decided we should head over to the Forbidden City to have a look.
The Forbidden City ...
... on a train for 2 stops is too much of strain on a woman carrying a baby but we'll happily watch her lug a baby plus a suitcase up the stairs. People of China, Help me understand this, please. And please don't give me the 'population excuse'.
So the good stuff: I certainly don't want to give you the impression we have had a bad time. Quite the opposite.
This whole trip was inspired by my brother's 6 month stint here, filming with CCTV for an ABC ...