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... money on taking my own taxi there!
Sammy and An An were already in the restaurant waiting for me. Faye turned up later, and Rebecca even later. It was really kind of them to choose a restaurant so close to me. It was Korean hot pot, though, which is marginally better than Chinese hot pot.
An An called me "Aunty", which I found to be really cute. It was nice seeing them again, especially as ...
... terrain, adapted the bicycle to become the transportation workhorse of the 21st century.
In Beijing there are 22 million people, 13 million bikes, 1.4 million cars. Nationally in China, there are estimated to be a billion bicycles. 80 bicycles and 6 cars for every 100 humans. By comparison, the US has 20 bikes and 85 cars. One reason why China uses only 25% of the per capita energy of the US.
China produces ...
... military parades one sees on television, but the size and scope are ginormous. ( word from my children)
Then we walked, what seemed like miles and miles, to tour the Forbidden City. Construction started in 1406 and completed in 1420 and for 500 years it was only accessible to emperors, concubines and eunochs and was only opened up to the public in 1924 after the last emperor was expelled. There are ...
... it is all so impressive.. the memory of the TV telecasts flash back as the venues come into view.. The "Ice cube" is now a national Swim centre.. also open to the public for a paid 2 hour session / The Birds nest is now the "National stadium" used for mainly massive live shows( international acts etc)..as it seats over 90,000 it is a "costly" relic/ tourist icon ..
The area itself is a great "space place"with it's ...
... quarters could not have been larger than 15 feet by 25 feet. The throne room, maybe 40 feet by 40 feet. 90% of the Forbidden City is actually outdoor squares, and the buildings are more like gates to pass through to get further in. It is surrounded by a wall that is 10 meters high, so it was relatively safe. Most of the outdoor space is barren stone. Apparently, they placed 14 layers of stone below to prevent tunneling.
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