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We then went on a rickshaw ride around the hutongs. Kay and Dan were in one rickshaw and myself and Wills in another. Our rickshaw driver clearly had ambitions to be a stand up comedian and spent the next 30 minutes cracking jokes. Wills does not help himself in these situations, he started off by sitting on the bicycle rather than ...
... us about the one child policy. It has loosened off now but his generation are all only children as his parents would have been punished. They wouldn't be allowed to get good jobs. Apparently now if you have two single child people they can now have two children. The poor people in the villages can have as many children as they like as they will never get a good job so won't get punished. Government don't really monitor these people. ...
... got to sample a variety of teas: lychee black tea, jasmine tea, etc. A few of us made purchases there. Then we went to our final stop: the Olympic Village from the 2008 Summer Olympics. We didn’t actually go into the village, we just pulled to the side of the road and were instructed to go up onto a pedestrian overpass where we could take some photos. I thought it was a good idea actually. The Bird’s Nest is really quite an interesting building to see, but the village ...
... of the Simatai section of the wall on our 2007 blog.
Lunch on the roof of the Badaling Hotel was sublime (esp. the squid). The view of the wall was great and on this beautiful sunny day I even got a proper sunburn (in late September!).
Next stop were the Ming Tombs. The Ming dynasty lasted from 1368 until 1644. In this particularly auspicious valley surrounded by hilltops capped by several pagodas you’ll find walled burial mounds of 13 emperors ...
... tomb area with the most emperors buried.
Every year millions of tourists come to the site to appreciate its long
history and palatial architecture.
In the scenic area, each
mausoleum has its own independent unit. The layout and arrangement of
all the thirteen mausoleums are very similar, but they vary in size as
well as in the complexity of their structures. Each of the ...