Beijing Wangfujing Donghua Hotel
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... City with Chairman Mao looking out from his famous perch above the entry accompanied by posted guards.
This is one of the largest and most well-preserved Imperial Palace in China. This exotic palace was in the movie "The Last Emperor" and was the seat of the supreme power for over 5 centuries from 1416 to 1911. The Forbidden City has a moat, may gates to enter through, landscaped gardens, many separate ...
... be used as a pillow on the long train journeys! In the evening we went to a restaurant to have roast duck pancakes. We were lead to our own private dining room which was nice and we also tried some traditional Chinese liquor (actually didn't taste as bad as I thought it would!) after that we headed to the night market. The night market is famous for the weird and wonderful food items it's sell. I'm not sure if I'm proud or disgusted to admit that I ate a scorpion ...
... of the group for our tour of China.
At six pm we went down to the lobby and met some new friends, we had our first (of many) group meals. Tonight we were taken to a local restraunt for Peking duck. The was eighteen in the group, mainly retired couples, but one mother and son and a couple of good friends.
Most of them had flown in that day, so after a quick talk from Helen our national tour guide who would be with us every day of the tour it was time for ...
... things are. You’re wrong. Badly wrong, in fact, like, off by an order of magnitude. This is not to say don’t walk, but be careful about picking where you want to walk, and then take a cab there. This is probably more true with kids, but we were all pretty footsore at the end of most days until we wised up.
How not to get a taxi
By the end of our visit to Beijing we had figured out that taxis are cheap and things ...
... tourists and the old man arguing. Anyway, feel free to look at pictures!
For most of the first week we were here, we went to a landmark during a day and we had a history class during the afternoon. On Tuesday our group went to the Temple of Heaven. Built during the Ming Dynasty this is another magnificent structure worth seeing!
On Wednesday, there was about 6 inches of snow on the ground. Because Beijing is in the Northern part ...