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... was one more thing to do which I had been saving for my final night in China...Peking Duck....Tick! I had the most amazing Peking Duck at a restaurant here in the Hotel. Cooked in a wood fire with crispy skin and moist tender duck. Yummo!
So tonight I pack it all up and head to the airport tomorrow morning for 24 hours of airports and cramped seating. Flying cars and transporters are a big let down - us humans need to get moving on this.
... we visited the homes of two families. Jerry taught us the meanings of the stars located above the doors and also what the statues outside of the house represented. Many houses and important buildings in China have a boundary on the bottom of the door way. Females are said to step over these boundaries with their right foot first and males with their left. You are never permitted to step on top of the wood as this represents you standing on the shoulders of the ...
... Well, bad drivers, for one. China is the world's largest car market - 22 million sales last year compared to the US at 13 million - 13% annual growth, and rapidly proliferating with about 140 million cars on the road compared to the US at 285 million. 10 years ago that number was 15 million.
This rapid expansion puts a lot of fresh drivers behind the wheel. China's traffic deaths, over 100,000 last year, are the highest ...
... and plenty of people around but I was relieved to get back into our hotel lobby. We had a light dinner and ate our bananas cos we're travelling to Xi'an tomorrow and won't take them with us. We checked out the TV news - mostly about the Xue Long icebreaker stuck in the ice in the Antarctic Sea and the Japanese PM Mr Abe. Not much else makes news here. An early night as it's an early start tomorrow to get to the airport. Good night for the last time from ...
... but lives in the USA. We did wake her as there is a big time difference. The guy showed up and gave us the keys.
From the outside the apartment looked pretty bad, but inside it is beautiful. It is fully renovated with all the modern conveniences. Whats more it is located about 10 minutes walk from Tiananmen Square. So we unpack our bags and sit down for a nice coffee. We then head out to see some sights.
There is a huge mall ...