Celebrity International Grand Hotel Beijing
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... of the buildings we drove by were unlike anything I've seen before. I kinda felt like Rocky Balboa going to Russia to face Ivan Drago in Rocky IV! Another fact that really hit home happened at dinner - there were no utensils available, only chopsticks! I can say I successfully learned how to use them tonight. Opting to try some of the "Chinese" food, my tastebuds had a culture shock - the smells, textures, and tastes of the foods I tried were nothing like the ...
This morning the sun was out and visible...not a cloud in the sky. And NO SMOG!!! It was cool and windy. So, I returned to Tiananmen Square to see it on a clear day, and so glad I went. You see the pictures really show how beautiful the weather was, and how beautiful Beijing really is.
On the way I met up with a young woman who started a conversation with me English. She's a middle school teacher ...
... way, five circles perched like coins in the middle of a roundabout, displayed four words stating the Beijing spirit - patriotism, innovation, inclusiveness and virtue. I must say we have seen displays of this spirit. The Chinese certainly know how to do and make things big. Photos of the “Bird’s Nest” certainly doesn’t do this almost alien looking structure of metal rods ...
... meandered from building to courtyards to
rock gardens all once enjoyed by only the royalty of the era...a total of 24 emperors resided in the forbidden city over 5 centuries until the last one Emperor Puyi in 1912.
Stories of emperors, empresses, concubines, Enoch's
etc were colouful to hear but gratefully my era is now ,not then..
Leaving behind the Forbidden City we were treated
to a wonderful ...
... and I can largely tailor the class to suit things I'd like to work on. One day it might be spoken Chinese, the next it'll be writing characters. The atmosphere is very relaxed and open -- she doesn't grade me on anything -- and the individual attention does great things for my budding Chinese skills. Not to mention that the class, as with all the others, is taught entirely in Chinese.
:12:01pm: I'm out of the 1-on-1 and in the student lounge with friends. ...
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