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... see the nearby outlet store). Lots of new condos, people, cars, and... Starbucks! We went in looking to get some free wifi. Of course we were buying too (it needed a password). "2 Bottles of water please".....%#$%^ @$^% ^& (my Chinese symbols). Nope they don't know what bottles of water are, and there is no way we are drinking tap here! So a bottle of juice and a couple of cool coffee mugs later, the nice girl enters the passcode for me because I can't read ...
... late 1950s and his son lives in America. He says he's travelled to fifty countries and his favourite place from them all is Switzerland. I ask him if he prefers China now or before. He say very slowly 'if ... I ... was ... a ... young ... man ... I ... would ... prefer ... China now, but ... as ... an ... old ... man ... I ... prefer China ... fifty ... years ... ago'. Then he dashes off extremely quickly saying he needs to find the toilet. He says by way of explanation 'I am an old ...
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Up early (5am) to go to the wall – only had about 2hours sleep too (time zones)
No tour guide for us (can’t be doing with being rushed around) made our own way there – takes a bit of time to research routes but it’s worth it – part of the adventure. First off to the tube station, 2 trains, then off to find the local bus.
On the way we pass a lot of construction work, love ...
... Palace Museum. For almost 500 years, it served as the home of emperors and their households, as well as the ceremonial and political center of Chinese government. Unfortunately, to us it was just another Shrine. It was quite late by the time we left there so we grabbed a really nice curry in a close-by restaurant before heading back to the hostel.
Our last day was excellent. We made it to The Great Wall by bus with no hassle at all ...
... Of course you lie on your stomach first and they begin massaging my back. Well, I always thought massages were suppose to feel good but, NOPE not here. It is rough and painful. They begin with their elbows in your back and then their fingers pushing hard until they reach your ribs, all I can say at this point is OUCH! Ok the last thing they do on your back is do the karate chop, all I can tell you is that is the worst. Not only does ...
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