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... which are then lit up behind a screen and play out stories to music. After dinner we watched three short shows, which were excellent but I was struggling to keep my eyes open by this stage in the day! However I also won a model kit for making my own puppets, so it was lucky I stayed up! They also gave us an opportunity to have look and go with the puppets back stage. I would utterly recommend the hotel. It's very comfortable, a little bit quirky and in an excellent location. ...
Such a pretty hotel. An old courtyard house once used by artisans for the Imperial Palace and now our home for a few days.
Walking to breakfast, we passed through a room with a large table covered in chinese calligraphy, a practice sheet which turns black like ink when wet, allows you to practice characters with brushes dipped in water. We had a try before walking up the stairs to breakfast.
Built on the roof top, a glassed room ...
... take a photo of us. Very embarrassing tourist behaviour! So instead we pushed on in search of reaching the highest point on this stretch of the wall, all the while reminding ourselves that however hard we were finding the journey - and at times it was tough - the poor Chinese men who built the wall would have had to make a far longer journey up the mountain with huge rocks to carry as well. It is little wonder that at least one million people (although some ...
... we didn't get many acknowledgements of being different, which was fine! Tess enjoys fading into the crowd and seems at ease here. "Everybody looks like me!" Last night as we arrived we were outside talking with Viola our guide and the doorman looked at her and said something very quickly to her and she ran inside. I asked her what he said and she said, "Little girl, it's too cold for you - go inside right now!" Which made me smile. In the U.S. ...
... school. Pretty crazy how life takes you on these adventures!
After getting lunch, we returned to campus and all walked to the park to do some more sketching together. Wei asked us to each spend at least one hour sketching over the weekend. It was really nice sitting in the shade with a little breeze. There was also an old man who sits in the park every day playing some sort of traditional wooden instrument. The first time we saw him, he ...