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Travel Blogs from Beijing
... a dining car. This didn't help us much as the menu was in Chinese but, using a translating package on Andy’s cellphone, we did order a delicious chicken stir-fry. (The food is just soooo different here, and I am rather scared to try some of the things on offer!).
So we arrived in Beijing and checked into our hotel in one of the busy hútòngs in the Dōngchéng area of the city. Hutongs are the old part of the city - narrow ...
... we wanted to be back in time.
We traveled by taxi into the city and were dropped at the edge of the square - next to one of the old gates to the city. Jason explained how and when Beijing had been established and become the capital. Anthony and I were astounded to learn that the original city walls, dating back 600years, had been demolished to facilitate better traffic flow!! The city gate and guard tower still stand though. ...
... in are square which are symbolic for earth, which is symbolic for human life. There were a few smaller temples around the main temple which represented less important gods. Inside the smaller temples were some artifacts and history of the animal sacrifices that used to be performed at the temple. We weren't allowed inside the main temple but I did take a photo of it.
After the Temple of Heaven, we took a 30 minute bus ride to the suburbs of Beijing ...
... And who else than the Chinese would build a fountain in an airport? They seriously have some kind of compensation to do...
A shame everything was closed (4 a.m. is not the time to be at an airport like this), so I couldn‘t even do any shopping. Such a pity.
On the other hand, it was good that there were only two hours I had to wait, so that time went by pretty fast. From gate 20 (where I about started to pay attention) ...
... I like to call a bit of heaven. You see in China where I live there is not alot of beauty except for some of the ladies but for the area it is crowded, always smoggy, smelly, and always just plain ugly, but then there there
is a little bit of heaven. This path is not very wide but oh so beautiful you travel through delightful and beautiful willow trees swaying in the wind. You also ride down many hills and this is where I just want to spread ...
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