Beijing Railway Mansion
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... People who have always known the life of the hutongs enjoy the social aspect of living among a large group of people.
During China’s dynasties the emperors planned the city of Beijing and arranged the residential areas according to the social classes or Hutongs. In the Ming Dynasty the center was the Forbidden City, surrounded in concentric circles by the Inner City and Outer City. Citizens of higher social status were permitted to ...
... with spectacular views. The city itself offers attraction for about 2 to 3 days. We stayed a bit longer and explored surrounding towns like Suzhou which is regarded as the Chinese version of Venice (although there is just ONE water channel left today).
To round up our trip in China we had to visit one last big place which was Hong Kong. Here we had a fantastic time and both of us ...
... on Rookie Blue and Under the Dome, so it didn't feel like too long.
The one low point was the meal I purchased which may or may not have been pig ears.
Either way it ended up in the garbage can.
When we finally got to Beijing, I fought with my luggage all the way to the bus, which was too small for all our stuff, but eventually took us to the hotel.
Dinner was nice (so ...
... a par with our experience at Jinshanling, but it was quite a smoggy day, so the views weren't as good. I think that we got very lucky with our day at Jinshanling. We hiked along the slightly precarious, crumbling wall through the undergrowth towards a series of watchtowers in various states of disrepair and marvelled at how quiet everything was, despite being so close to the second largest tourist spot on the wall. It was an amazing experience to walk along such a dilapidated ...
The last few weeks have been fun filled and incredibly busy. Study has been consistently busy as well, and my mind is overflowing with new characters.
I have tried the famous 'cupping' massage with Ian and Emily, where the masseuse places several suction cups on your body, in order to suck excess water and toxins out of your body. I wasn't expecting them to do that when I first agreed to the massage, but it wasn't so bad. I didn't enjoy it ...