Crowne Plaza Beijing Zhongguancun
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Hey guys,The Dragon Trip have just moved on to Shanghai without me and so, it seems, my trip appears to be finally coming to an end. I really enjoyed the Dragon Trip and actually feel a bit deflated now that everybody has left - they were a really nice group of people who I will definitely miss.It has been another fantastic few days since my last email. We first went to Shaolin, the home of kung fu. Here we went to an orphanage where a master took in young orphaned boys ...
... to cross and follow them using them as a human shield!
The underground subway system is extremely good here and so easy to use! Stations are displayed in Chinese characters but also in standard characters and if you study the map properly and understand the lines and places to change its very simple! As for the price....its 20p to go anywhere! You can stay on the underground for as long as you like for 20p, as soon as you leave ...
... the carvers at work. While there we bumped into several more of the people who had been on the cruise with us - they take all the tourists to the same places of course.
We had a good browse around and bought a couple of gifts and a jade bracelet for me and then we went for lunch there which was included in the tour. Very nice - although not quite the standard of the one the day before.
And off we now went to the Great Wall ...
May 1st is a national holiday in China, a workers holiday and it also coincided with my birthday. As Beijing's winter finally segued into the sudden warmth of a lazy summer, Oline decided to take me to a part of Beijing that is popular among the Chinese more than foreign tourists, a spectacular part of the city, or actually outside of the city, known as the Longqing Valley or ...
... north and east of the Forbidden City, and it was getting around lunch time. Andrew caught sight of a pile of bamboo steamers out front of a building down a nearby alleyway, with red lanterns hung out front, and a line-up of folks wanting what was in those steamers. Bingo!
We walked up, and some fresh bao were steaming hot and being eagerly snatched up by the few folks waiting in line. The restaurant behind the street-stall looked pretty busy as well, so ...
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