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... made shops, which got me thinking about getting something made for myself before I leave, like I did in Vietnam.
Brian loves architecture, and I had zero plans for the day, so we went to look at some of the modern buildings around town, like the world trade centre and the CCTV building aka "Big Underpants".
Then I was hungry, so we went to Quanjude restaurant, the original Peking duck place, but it couldn't ...
... Melissa has decided she couldn't live here because she is struggling with eating. Alec and Tara are doing the best by far - super adventurous and not too picky. Mike is doing reasonably well because there is an abundance of cheap, but decent, beer.
We arrive shortly in Xi'an so I'll sign off. 37 degrees and sunny. I don't have a big funny hat to protect against the sun like many of the locals, but I'm considering buying ...
Today we drove outside of Beijing to see the Ming Tombs & Great Wall. We rented a van & a driver to show us around. As our "tour guide/driver" spoke no English, things definitely got interesting at times and lots of hand gestures and verbal attempts were made. The Ming Tombs were surrounded by apple orchards and it was interesting to note that apples & persimmons seem to be main crops grown in that area. The English historical info about ...
... however this took over an hour to locate so we decided to return later in the week to buy the ticket as there were long queues. We returned to our hotel for a shower before dinner in a local restaurant.
We woke and went to visit The Temple of Heaven which was bustling with weekend visitors all eager to take park in the morning activities within the parks grounds. After wondering around the large walled temple grounds ...
... old Skool original part of the wall. We were both so happy we did the old part, it felt more real and not an area many people ventured down. We quickly realized why when the pathway started crumbling under our feet. The views were breath taking and to be completely honest it's difficult to decide the experience. All I can say is its a pretty decent wall and really worth the trip definitely a high light. After ...