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Wednesday 8th July
The giant pandas at Beijing Zoo
The zoo is a pleasant spot to stroll among the trees, grass and willow-fringed lakes. Unlike Australian Zoos, the pandas are housed in individual cages and small enclosures. Our main objective this morning was to check out the giant panda enclosures. Seven pandas were on display busily feeding on bamboo.
... and they are jam packed with people from morning to night. Of course it was a bit of a challenge hauling our luggage through this to get to the hotel in 30c and high humidity! On our first evening the hotel recommended a restaurant that specialises in a Beijing hotpot and although it was very nice, we were out of our depth. The dish comprised a soup which is placed on a stove and then a whole bunch of raw meats, fish and vegetables are provided for ...
... also went for a spot of lunch - opting for some sort of fish with lots of green veg as an antidote to all of the meat we had been having. That was about if for excitement during the day, but in the evening, we went to see Kung Fu at the Red Theatre. We arranged the Kung Fu through our hostel, as the tickets were cheaper than face value and included transport - so seemed like a no brainer. When we arrived at ...
... the baby.
Afterwards, another family did the same thing. Then, they had Lindsey
do the same thing. An Irish girl who was in our tour group laughed
and said that even though these Chinese people were standing on one
of the ancient wonders of the world, they were too busy taking
pictures of foreigners to notice the beauty of it.
the Great Wall, we were supposed to go to a silk factory. But,
Lindsey and I had to run back to the hotel ...
... nip round it in a few hours. It is huge, so impressive but massive. You couldn't even get round if you went on one of China's favourite motor scooters, and still didn't stop. From 1420 to 1644, the Forbidden City was the seat of the Ming Dynasty, then in 1644, it was captured by rebel forces led by Li Zicheng, who proclaimed himself emperor of the Shun Dynasty. However after a matter of months he soon fled before the combined armies of former Ming general Wu Sangui ...