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... the people are so friendly and patient and the places to visit are spectacular. When you have only seen these things in books, films or on television, to see them in front of you or to walk through them is really quite special. On to Brisbane and to see Rob, Annie and Andrew, we are so looking forward to seeing them, Annie has already been asking if we want anything special and we have already asked if we can take over their kitchen when we get there! Lolol Australia here we ...
... clearance and good harvests and to atone for the sins of their people in an esoteric ceremony of prayers and ritual sacrifices,” according to Lonely Planet.
Temple of Heaven Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The park “is a dignified complex of fine cult buildings set in gardens and surrounded by historic pine woods,” according to UNESCO. “In its overall layout and that of its individual buildings, it symbolizes the ...
... 100 guides. I was a group of one, while the others were groups of 30-60. So I waited and waited. I took photos all over the place. Had the secret police keeping an eye on me, but I didn't care.
When we finally made our way into the Forbidden city I took a picture of huge doors on the gate. All the gates here are very impressive. Well I just headed away from all the large tour groups. I still had my guide going blah blah blah, but after a while she got ...
... back to the wall and found suitable places to watch the sun rise. While cold, it was glorious and a good way of seeing the greatwall.
We then went back to beijing. On the way back to the hostel, we witnessed the gathering for a marathon, if the people in running attire and the blocked off streets were any indication. The rest of the group went to the forbidden city, a park or two and wafujing, but I had ...
... Things I Won't Miss About Beijing
1. The pollution
The air is very polluted in Beijing. LA air is polluted, too, but compared to Beijing, I'd call LA air clean. Also, everyone spits in the street. There is feces on the sidewalk sometimes and you can never tell if an animal or a person put that there (not that that makes it any less gross).
2. The crazy drivers
Taxi drivers, bus drivers, regular car drivers, you ...