Beijing Century Towers
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... ridiculous to have one of our first stops be for souvenirs, but this was the best way we could configure our schedules, so we went with it. Admittedly, I am awful at negotiations anyway, let alone in a currency I am not familiar with. Amanda had gone to Beijing a few years ago with her Masters Program and told me that I should suggest an extremely lower price than they offer (she assured me I couldn’t lose – unlike that one time in Italy she ...
... if they had the same status demonstrated by the stone outside their house - ministry employees have circular stones, civilians have square stones. After the ride we popped in to Mrs Fan's house to see what a typical Hutong residence looks like. Mrs Fan was really welcoming and played the Guzheng for us - a beautiful Chinese harp Next followed a wander down to the lake - rely beautiful and breezy and then lunch at a local award winning restaurant beside Drum Tower - very tasty, ...
... for ages up and down the mountains, there are so many steps, some parts of the wall are crumbling and breaking which is a shame as it took so long to build, but upkeep of it must be quite hard! That night we camped next to the wall. While in Beijing, we also visited Tiananamen square, the forbidden city, the temple of heaven, Olympic park, pearl market and flag raising. It was interesting to visit Tiananamen square which I only know about for bad reasons, ...
... door and air-conditioning.
The door however has proven to be quite problematic and we were stuck in our
compartment for some time as engineers attempted to pry it loose after getting
stuck. One of our cabin members was a very nice man who teaches in a police
academy. His lessons involve petroleum transportation and military logistics.
Were now nearing lunch time and are looking forward to pot noodles, which we
have brought along for the journey.
... time we caved to the pressure to get a meal at the golden arches. Plus, we knew the Biggs had planned on taking us to a traditional dumpling place for dinner, so we figured we could afford a little western food. The dumpling place was so delicious (can't remember the name right now), but I am happy to say that they have a location in LA, as well as many other cities. We will visit again. We ordered small pork dumplings, chicken soup dumplings (they have a ...