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... No trees exist in any of the courtyards of the palace for security reasons. Three hundred and eight large black iron pots dot the courtyard along the walls. The pots were used for water to fight fire. Fifteen layers of crisscrossing bricks make up ground of the courtyards. The thick layers prevented tunneling into the palace. To say the emperor was a little paranoid is an understatement. While we are not allowed in the rooms, we can look through ...
... it looked like something out of a comic book. It was so nice to be on a train with leg room and no one sleeping in the aisle next to you. What would have been a 11 hour journey by normal train only took us 1 ½ hours. Once in Beijing we knew that our hotel would be quite hard to find but we didn’t know just how hard it would be. After 4 trains, 8 taxis and many angry words 2 hours later we arrived at our hotel. Surrounded by scaffolding we managed to spot a ...
... is impossible to learn provided you have motivation.
Learning to read Chinese is a different story.
After the language class, we attended the Opening Ceremony (see photo) where we were introduced to the research environment but specifically to the various funding agencies in China. Also, we were lectured on the importance of science collaboration between the U.S. and China and the role us students play in fostering this relationship.
in recent years.
We have some free time to walk about, then we have a group photo taken by one of the professional photographers, which is delivered to our hotel later that day.
Next stop is the walk through the Forbidden City. This was the Royal Palace for 500 years
built around 1406 it covers over 700,000 sq metres and has 900+
buildings. Since 1925 it has been a museum. It has been greatly restored
... and my company -- there was this tall interesting looking Japanese man talking, and the funniest little lady translating (to Chinese of course), and Victoria sitting in the corner (the only white skinned fella in the room) trying to comprehend and then succumbing to my boredom and writing stupid stories in the notebook for the next three hours. But let's talk about this translator lady, so cute, and SO Chinese. It has been difficult for me to define the ...