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... on the bottom, press down and pure water perculates through into the inner bottle. Just for good measure we then zap it with a UV purifier. Water in China is not safe to drink (local people boil it) and we don't even really trust bottled water.
After breakfast we went first to the enormous Beijing Railroad Station to pick up our reserved tickets for all 3 of our train trips. The guy issuing them had some questions so we were very grateful ...
- We woke up around 9 in the morning and headed west toward an art street called Liulichang. It was a fairly "boring" street. Dilyara bought some tea, but there was not much exciting happening on it.
ˇ We also stopped in a little café type restaurant that said it had wifi and got chestnut cakes, lotus cakes, and I got some chicken curry.
... gathered some others, Adrian, Ben, and Ista, and we visited (the outside of) the Olympic stadiums. We didn’t get to close – actually, the better photos are taken from afar anyhow. We arrived about 20 minutes before closing, so we didn’t have to pay the entrance fee. Apparently, the pool has now been transformed into a water park! What a waste!
... awhile. You can't even look at anything unless they are shoving a calculator under your nose. This afternoon went to the Temple of Heaven. It was pleasant just strolling around the grounds. Lovely buildings and lots of locals go into the grounds and do all their exercises and play games and they love their card games probably a couple hundred people just sitting on a long ...
... unadulterated teenage ecstasy. They could not get enough. In fact, the question of the trip became, do they have a "knock off" market there?
After a traditional Peking duck dinner (remember, Beijing used to be known as Peking), it was time to wave bye bye to Beijing. We loaded up our burgeoning luggage and made our way to the smaller of the two Beijing railway stations for a departure to Xi'an, site of our partner school, via sleeper ...