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... high on top of bikes at the rear. Grandkids were crammed onto the back of bikes as were dogs and vegetables and plants. Tuk Tuks (little 3 wheeled vehicles) were also on the road alongside cars and buses.
The Lama Temple is the largest Temple outside Tibet and was converted into a lamasery in 1744 after serving as the residence of Emperor Yong Zheng. Today it is an active place of worship. There are ...
... sign as well. We also managed a trip to the Lama Temple to see the Giant Budda a place I have been to before. Such places provide a little tranquility for locals who visit. But time was running short so we had to return to the hotel as Andrew had to catch the fast train back to Shanghai today. It has been wonderful sharing his insights into this city as well as the opportunity to move around like a local. Over the last few days we have covered a ...
October 9, 2014
This morning we visited the Temple of Heaven complex. The Temple is located in a large park that has a long walkway to the actual Temple. We had learned that people love to come to parks to exercise and socialize. And this park was no exception. As we entered we notice a group of people doing Tai Chi. They invited our group to enjoy them. It is harder than it looks but those that participated had fun.
During the winter solstice, the ...
... Chinese medicine doctor was using one of the rooms to meet with patients. A small set of narrow steps led to a rooftop with a view of the windy alleys that formed this hutong.
In our class were 2 students from Austria who are studying at the university here and one of their mothers who is visiting. There was a German couple who have been living and working as engineers in China for 25 years! Another European man who recently ...
... twelve pages of notes I took during the performance. I wish I had the energy to explain all of my observations-- which were absolutely fascinating-- but I just can't right now. Too tired. But I am so, so happy I was able to expand my musical knowledge on this trip, and it's all thanks to Yao. She is fabulous.
It is now thunderstorming outside my window and Najung and I are discussing our celebrity crushes. It's been a good day.