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Travel Blogs from Beijing
A totally different day. Jaw dropping and mind blowing in every way. Going to China? Get a guide! And if you can get yourself one like Howard..he is a gem. A four year graduate of the University of Beijing (majoring in English and tourism), this cheeky, humorous "transient" has been full of stories, information and insights. Howard is backed up by a driver, who magically appears at the pickup points of all the venues and then navigates through the endless maze which is the chaos of ...
... behind Christmas, but in that way, it is also like home. It does get you into the spirit of the season, though, still seeing all the decorations. I think it makes people instantly happier when seeing coloured lights dancing in the tree branches, It does to me, anyway.
Christmas Eve was spent in a restaurant on campus, with us having our own private room. I had my friends Margaux and Vesliana join us, as well as my amazing ...
... staring at me.
Yesterday we went to the Summer palace. The coolest thing I saw was the bird that looked like a Magpie. And the second coolest thing was the Budha Incence Tower. We went on a paddle boat around a lake and we had to walk down more than 100 stairs. There are lots of people and they want to shake my hand, talk to me and take photos with me because of my blond hair. We had a ride in a Tuk-Tuk. Last night we went out for tea and ...
... way back to the East Apartments in which I live right now. I got some stares in the Subway, being a long haired, fully suited up white guy, but the subway ride was pretty pleasant as well.
The days have been clear, and company good and the exploration of the City interesting. I will just need to expand my explorations as I get the time. Tomorrow I plan on going to the Temple of Heaven and maybe a museum or two. Wednesday I start my work.
... this was kind of intimidating to me since I don't really bargain in English, nevermind in Chinese! Well it turns out that many of the shop workers actually speak English and will haggle with you in English - show you numbers on a calculater, etc. It was a breeze! The market was NOT as I expected - it was inside and 6 stories high. It was basically a mall, but with much smaller shops and much tighter space. I bought a few souveniers but nothing too ...
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