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... dumplings, and, of course, bugs. Anything you could think of, they sold it. From spiders to snakes, and crickets to dragon flies. If it could live under a rock, they would put through a stick it and put it in the fryer. As for me, thanks to some inspiration from Zac, I can officially say I have eaten: snake, spider, scorpion, and dragon flies. The dragon flies were the worst, just not enough meat on them. While the snake tasted like squid, the spider like curry, and ...
... similar in the UK - but quickly remembered food and hygiene regulations, and "health and safety".
In the evening we visited Olympic Park, home to the Bird's Nest, Water Cube, the National Indoor Centre, tennis centre, and numerous other sites from Beijing 2008. All are now under-used, almost redundant - very pretty white elephants. A real shame. The only one in regular use is the Water Cube, which has been redeveloped from an Olympic swimming and diving ...
... was uneventful and unfoodful with only one drink given in he 2 hours it took. We had a long wait for our bags but then it was out to be greeted by Zhang Yingbo, a colleague of Fletcher's from here who enthusiastically met us and drove us into our hotel.
By this time it was past midnight local time and though I had slept for a while on the planes I was glad to see a comfortable bed and pleasant room.
Wednesday morning we woke to clear skies and a huge orange ...
... of what we could expect in Shanxi (which is where we will be traveling on Sunday) but I unfortunately understood not a word. At least my friends gave me an explanation later.
As soon as the lecture and discussion were finished, I left Beida with Yao, Najung, and Janet and we made our way toward the middle of the city. We were off to see Peking Opera! Yao picked out an opera performance and reserved tickets for us. ...
... ahead of us often disappeared in the clouds. After 1.5 hours on the wall we returned totally drenched to the bus, eager to get back early to Beijing to do something in the evening. Well, a stop at a local silk factory was on our tour guide's agenda, which we did not know about up-front either. So it took much, much longer to get back to Beijing and we had to make angry European faces for a while at a stupid silk factory. Well I just have to acknowledge that judging by the large number ...