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After three weeks of living out of our backpacks we were finally moved into the apartment that we are going to call home for the next 5 months. Moving into a new apartment is very different in China than back in the UK. For one thing no one gives you much forewarning about the details. Late Friday afternoon at the end of our training week we were finally told that we would be moving the next day and needed to meet our Chinese contact at 2pm. Bags packed ...
... What a great experience :) The last two days in Beijing consisted of a lot of walking. We took a day to visit the Lama temple and the Summer Palace. Again, there was a theme of red buildings and blue rubes! The llama temple has an 18 m tall Buddha and it is still a working lamary today. The summer palace had a number of beautiful arched bridges and small temples with large climbs and great views. We made it halfway around the lake before ...
... our Trans-Mongolian train journey and as we passed in between the limestone mountains, trying to get our first glimpse of the Great Wall, we were really excited about setting foot in Beijing. China wasn't a place we'd originally planned to spend much time, but after some reading and research it's looking like we'll easily be making the most of our 30 day visa.
... family members. Modern apartments have to be repurchased after 70 years at the market price.
Yonghe Gong (Lama Temple) is an ancient bell tower where we had a tea ceremony to try five different teas. The room was nicely set out with different cups for tasting and samples of teas. Miss Tea (Misty) gave a very entertaining demonstration. There was a wide variety of flavours; Ginseng Oolong (digestion, strengthen kidney and energy), Jasmine ( brighten eyes and strenghten liver), ...
... places to study in when I need to escape my dorm room. They serve Western food, decorated like a Western café, and one in particular plays Taylor Swift non-stop. After being in there for awhile, I almost forget that I'm in China because it just feels like a world away from the Asian style that is obviously everywhere.
It would be expected that general living would be much cheaper in China, so it is no surprise that food is much cheaper here. Today I went ...