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... City walls, but in order to know what he ruled over the garden was created to illustrate other parts of China.
After the Forbidden City we headed up a man-made mountain just north of the Forbidden City, the Jingshan Park. The climb up the hill took about 5-10 minutes and the view put the whole imperial complex into perspective. It is absolutely huge. It is also ridiculously geometric. Everything seems to be a rectangle, and everything ...
... so - it's always been Beijing. However, maybe a century ago, a Frenchman was traveling in southern China (which has a different dialect), and asked the name of the capital city. He heard it as "Peking." It took years for it to be corrected by the rest of the world. Joe also explained why the Wall was built, to keep out the Mongolians. He described how brutal and awful the Mongolians were (remember Genghis Kahn?), and by the end of his story, we ...
... amazing weather again so that topped it off. Walking around the grounds was beautiful and it is all so picturesque. You start with small water ways all around which you can walk through... this is where we met a lovely Chinese family who wanted us in their family photo!! It then starts to open up and you can see the huge lake. We have definitely come at a great time of year as all the leaves have turned and are falling off.. it's ...
... it), I really feel bad for its residents. Wanting to ditch the bad air ASAP, I made a quick stop at the "Gate of Heavenly Peace" before heading to the Beijing West Railway Station, the largest in Asia. My plan was to catch an overnight train to Xi'an. If you are planning to travel around China by train, I would HIGHLY recommend buying your tickets as far in advance as possible. Many trains fill up days in advance, and the last thing you want is to be standing for a 12 ...
... there are only a few local shops and restaurants surrounding the school - nothing like the typical tourist side of Beijing. But its only about an hour or so from the city centre so plenty of opportunity to experience all the major sights as well.
After the rather confused and chaotic admin and organisation of the first day, teaching started smoothly yesterday. There were 40 Cambridge students here at the school but 30 of them left to spend the first 10 days at ...