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... a spectacular view of the entire Forbidden City. It also marks the central point of the north-south axis of the city. Looking far into the distance you can see the 2008 Olympic site which was built along the same axis. From here, we went to explore the area of the Hu tongs. This term is used to describe neighborhoods formed by a series of alleyways connecting traditional courtyard residences. Historically, emperors designed the city of Beijing and arranged residential areas according ...
- Sunday April 20, 2014
- Well it's only day two of our trip and I am already feeling a little overwhelmed.
- Some first impressions
- there are over 20 million people living in Beijing, and I think at least 10% of them have been wherever we have been! Just lots of people wherever you go
- There are some places in the world that pictures just don't do justice to - Manchu ...
... of people on the subway.
"I don't know why people think I go to Loyola Chicago." I told Andra.
She gave a puzzled look.
"I don't see myself as Loyola Chicago material." I explained.
Once our talk was done, I went to my room to finish reading. Natasha and I wechatted. I told her that I so did not want to study Chinese. For ten minutes, I whined to her.
Today, I regained my curiosity for things again.
... but the only food I could understand was the bowl of noodles (like Cup O' Noodles but a thousand times larger and with more sodium). Everyone else seemed to be eating the same thing though it took me a while to figure out where everyone was getting the hot water. I discovered that everyone who was anyone brought several large bags of snacks and drinks on the train. Good Lord the locals liked to snack. People seemed to be eating something or rummaging through a bag for a new ...
... as soon as we got into the terminal we had to board immediately. So much for Belgian waffles and chocolate :( We got on the Hainan airline flight and were immediately served a delcious Chinese lunch, chicken, rice and veggies. We also had seatback touchscreen entertainment systems, without which I most likely wouldn't have survived the 10 hour flight. I managed to watch 4 movies, 3 shows, eat some seaweed covered peanuts,meanwhile failing to doze off at all. They ...