Beijing Century Towers
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... acclimated! :-). Hopefully, the Internet will work in our hotel so I can get this out . . .
We knew we weren't in a U.S. Airport when we joined all the others at our gate and watched these giant sumo wrestlers on a huge screen TV! Pretty funny .. Also interesting were all the bags of stuff people had purchased at the duty free stores and were carrying on to the plane. Shopping carts full of ...
... be.... Anyway, the cab driver drops us off a few blocks away from the restaurant where we are to meet our friends. I always know the meaning of "like reading Chinese". Although Beijing has established itself as an international city very few speak the international business language, English. Forget about the signs, outside the airport you will be on your own. After a few blocks... in the WRONG DIRECTION, we spot a ...
... driven by a man on a bicycle. The streets are so narrow it would be hard to drive around the neighborhood otherwise. We were taken to the home of a Mr. Lee, who invited us in to see how they live. He was a bit better off than many of his neighbors, having his own small courtyard and 5 rooms. Years back, his house was three times bigger, but he was forced to give up a lot of it. None of the homes in the Hutang has a toilet and they need to walk down the road a bit to ...
... of China where I came across the worst Public Ground toilet on the planet
- Great Wall was AMAZING.. ended up feeling like a celebrity with all of the Chinese people wanting to take photos with me
- Toured the Ming Tombs and a Jade Museum... had a free for all lunch which was interesting
- Visited a never-ending food market of tasty treats
- When leaving the Ming Tomb area I was the only one on the bus not to yell "I will come back" in Chinese, which means ...
... would be 10 families/houses x 3 family members = 30 people living in an area that's no bigger than 80m2. Hopefully you'll see how small they are in the pictures. The bathrooms are communal and shared between hundreds. The government has provided small green communal areas where people can go to enjoy the outdoors. Here, the locals asked if we wished to play table tennis with them - which was awesome! From there we went to the local markets where we saw traditional ...