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... HKS student); Leslie (American living in Beijing); John Li (the organizer, HKS/Tufts student). More fellows will join us in Korea but this is the group for now, and I really like everyone. They're easy going, nice, and easy to get along with, and we have interesting conversations about our travels, backgrounds and interests. They're also a fun group and we bonded over drinks one night.
The "Asia Leadership Trek" is organized by the Center for Asia Leadership Initiatives ...
Back in Beijing after a bullet train from Taiyuan (nearest big city to Pingyao). I'm sorry to say I lied to you in my previous post: I'm much too exhausted to post pictures tonight. But tomorrow I will, for real. And as a bonus there'll probably be some from the Temple of Heaven, which I'm visiting in the morning ...
... into absolute chaos when the army arrived and started herding everyone out of the palace with ropes, apparently because some Prime Minister was visiting. We tried to get a few last pictures of the sites we had paid to see, but the army guys screaming at us in Chinese were pretty scary, so we did what we were told. We eventually managed to get back in, and saw a familiar London face. London mayor, Boris Johnson, was also visiting the palace that day. I don't think they had closed it down ...
... turned into 4 hours. When I woke up, it was time to get out and enjoy the town! Hector to this awesome bar for dinner/drinks that was basically the Beijing version of Harry's Chocolate shop. We then went to a club that was also very student oriented where our group had a great time dancing and laughing.
Overall, it was a great college student/ get to know you day for our group!
... paddle around on a paddle boat. This, like kayaking, seemed like a good idea at the time. Pedalling those little boats took and amazing amount of leg strength and as they were not the most aero dynamic vessels we were basically just being blown around the lake. Still it was fun and also gave me an opportunity to do a little Titanic boat shot. Our last stop was to Chairman Mao’s mausoleum. This is similar to Lenin’s mausoleum, his body lays ...
- Continental Breakfast
- Room service
- Free parking