Da Fang Hotel
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... was being quite rude and would not start the car back up. He handed me his phone at one point where another guy on the other end was also telling us to get into the other vehicle. We refused and kept insisting that he continue driving us to the airport. We were stopped on the side of this street for about fifteen minutes before he started the car again. A little on edge for the remainder of the car ride, until I saw signs pointing ...
When visiting somewhere like the Great Wall, you can spend your 2 hour drive there wondering if it can possibly live up to the hype and your expectations. Or one can fall asleep in the back and let Dave worry about this as you drool from your open mouth. Fortunately, they weren't exaggerating when they called it great - in fact China could probably get away will calling it the enormously excellent wall and you would still find yourself starring at it through ...
... and at times the only inhabitants were the emperor, his wife and his concubines.
I kept thinking that in Europe, we saw beautifully ornate cathedrals that must have cost a fortune, whose purpose was to bring the peasants closer to God. The Forbidden City also cost a fortune, but the peasants could never see it.
But these days, everyone can enter after buying a ticket and submitting to an airport-like ...
... downhill. It is very crowded. There are other, less congested, sections that can be visited.
The Great Wall was built over a period of 2,000 years beginning as early as the 8th century BC. It spans nearly 4,000 miles. It is quite impressive.
... and stared. We waved at the gawkers, which got more laughs.
Off to the train satiation to catch our overnight train to Xi'an! We got there an hour and a half early, so we just sat outside the gate and waited. This boy came up and started talking to us. He spoke English really well for a senior in high school. I knew he wasn't trying to scam us too, because he never asked to go get coffee ...