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Jet lag is having its usual effects and we woke between 2 & 3am, bright eyed and maybe not quite so bushy tailed, so we both spent a little time catching up on the blog entries. Finally we put the iPads down and fell back to sleep, waking again at about 6.45 when we got up. We were being collected by our guide at 8am and wanted a good breakfast before a hectic day of sightseeing. We sat down in the restaurant near to a table of Americans and ...
... the flammable contents. Pagodas are also known for black roofs under the belief that gods are inspired by the color to descend to earth.
The Temple of Heaven uses blue roof tiles in a conical form, almost exclusive in ancient Beijing, symbolizing the sky. Round is sky, square is earth.
Green roofs were popular in Beijing, assigned for almost all the other official uses, but still a sign of distinction – ...
... we went was about 600 years old and has not been restored, which was really cool to see. We lucked out with warm weather and clear, blue skies - a perfect backdrop for this winding structure perched atop lush green mountain ranges.
We had three hours to explore the Wall and climbed a lot of stairs; many sections were quite steep. Stopping many times to take pictures, I left my favourite cardigan sweater somewhere up there. One word ...
... along the wall is very steep in parts, and slippery. We see a few people falling down. We spend on hour walking along the Great wall before heading back to have some lunch. The weather was a let down, but not much we can do about it.
On the way back home Kevin take us to visit a Silk factory, a Tea tasting store and shop that makes Chinese hand crafts. All very interesting.
We also stop ...
... apparently. I can't figure that one out, so I'm gonna leave it alone. Then we took a walk down the incredibly long hallway...I forget the name, but it was a really long hallway to be sure. I tried to capture it in a photo, but I don't think the photo captures just how extensive this particular hallway was.
When we came out the other side, we started climbing steps up to a old, and very famous Buddhist Temple. I don't know what it is with the Chinese and ...