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... br> Temperatures today a cool 39 DEC c.
Day 2. After meeting Becci, we decided to travel together for a few days. Next stop was Summer Palace. It covers an expanse of 2.9 square kilometers (720 acres), three-quarters of which is water.. We opted for a guide, considering there were about 900 people lined up to get a ticket. With the guide we were able to see a lot more and it only cost a bit more than the entry ticket. Money well spent.
The last few weeks have been fun filled and incredibly busy. Study has been consistently busy as well, and my mind is overflowing with new characters.
I have tried the famous 'cupping' massage with Ian and Emily, where the masseuse places several suction cups on your body, in order to suck excess water and toxins out of your body. I wasn't expecting them to do that when I first agreed to the massage, but it wasn't so bad. I didn't enjoy it ...
... to Chinese lore, there are said to be 9 layers to the sky thus the emperor, god-like as he/she was, needed to mimic the system. The myth goes on that the Forbidden City was built to contain 9,999.5 rooms, .5 less than 10,000 being deferential to the gods (missed the full explanation there). The kids had a terrific time taking a bazillion pictures and videos. They even seemed to pick up some of Peter's amazing historical commentary. It is fun to watch how they move in and ...
... which was so gross we threw it away and settled for crisps and a coke and made our way to Lotus Lane, a lane with restaurants alongside Qianhai lake just north of Beihal lake to try and find a spot for lunch, but most of them were pretty empty. We crossed a bridge over the lake into Yandai Hutong. This is one of the hundreds of old villages that make up Beijing and that a lot of people said we mustn't miss. They are so interesting. They are ancient ...
... people". Learn awesome history. Walk down longest corridor in China (with a different picture on each little ceiling thing..just watch the videos) Notice Dragon, and Phoenix, and Phoenix is just a bit further ahead of the Dragon, displaying how women are gaining social status..no other explanation without a great knowledge of the history. See lots of fun boats in the water, especially a dragon boat..awww YEEEEEEEEAH! Also got to see an origin of the Monkey King..which ...
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