Fragrant Hill Empark Hotel
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... a refreshing shower would be
nice when I got home. How wrong I was… there I stood, completely naked turning
on the shower when I hear this weird pressure noise (Which I just assume is
just the shower heating up) followed by a massive crash… suddenly water is
spraying everywhere in our tiny bathroom. The shower head had fallen off
leaving the water to quickly flood our bathroom. So here I was, naked, freaking
... 2 for 1 drinks. Had a few. Said emotional goodbyes to Tom, who was leaving for Xian the next day, and to Kyle, who was heading back to Shangri La where he was working. Or was it back to Canada. I can't remember. On Wednesday we were planning to go to the Summer Palace, but woke up a little late and didn't fancy doing anything too strenuous so we went to the Lama Temple, a couple of stops from us on the metro. It's still in use as a temple, so it was strange to see people praying ...
... only transiting a few stops.
There is supposed to be no smoking, except for the space between cars. But as in elevators, buses and any other public place, these rules are generally ignored.
Beijing came early and in a beautiful misty early morning over corn fields and streams. After a tediously slow ride though the mountains of southern China, it was relief to see Beijing steaming into view at over 100km/hour.
My hotel ...
... yet! :-) One last second to catch my breath, and a quick look up at the flag... I was off again! The last 4 climbs must have somewhere in the neighbourhood of 300 stairs, with some so steep it's like climbing a ladder! With lots of sweat and drive I found myself staring at the last staircase leading to tower 23! Once at the top I was greeted by two applauding old ladies. There it was... the flag... MY flag! ;-) In the end, it would take me roughly 2 hours to get up ...
... Probably because they are ripping off a captive audience!! The meal that was included within our tour was unexpectedly tasty!! We thought we were going to be landed with the equivalent of lunch canteen food with small portions but we actually got a Chinese banquet so of course we both filled our boots!! We will be doing the same this evening as well as we are going for a meal with our Chinglish friend, Wilson! We are both hoping to try another Beijing speciality, Peking ...