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Beijing. First impressions as we left the train station was... Busy! Ridiculously crowded, hectic and manic and that's just getting through security! The metro system was very similar to Shanghai it just seems like a older more grottier version more like the London Underground. Beijing it self is completely different to Shanghai a complete mix of new and old, buildings ...
... auto tuned and had to scream to be able to hear ourselves, it was that loud. I think we got through five or so songs, deafening the locals with our cat screeches- karaoke was really fun!
On to a jazz bar that was so chilled and put us all in to a melodic trance for an hour or so. I was ready for bed and the others didn't want me walking alone so we all went back together via a back street fast food outlet where I apparently had, 'legtables' and Rach ate lamb ...
... it was great!
Day three we decided to tackle the Great Wall of China.........I have no words to describe how amazing it is, but you have to see it for yourself. It goes for miles the scenery is mind blowing, you can really feel the history, if you ignore the cable car and toboggan down. Have a look at the photos hopefully they do it justice. We meet a two lovely Israel girls who we shared a taxi with to the Wall. We walked on it for about 2 and ...
... unusable map, a pedestrian-unfriendly route and Andrew's cold just coming to a head, we had a terrible time trying to get back. To our credit, we ended up making it back to the station with our pride intact after not having been taken advantage of by the cabbie (okay, only a difference of $6.67, but whatever). "Hooray for Andrew's innate sense of direction!" Said Andrew. ;)
We arrived at our home subway station: Donsi (which, confusingly, ...
... stumbling on two very large towers. They contained some drums, and a large bell, and are known respectively (and rather imaginatively) as the drum and bell towers. These are how the time was broadcast across Beijing for hundreds of years, only being stopped in the last century. Progress isn’t always good, I like the idea of church bells still ringing back at home, and I think it would be great to still be able to hear the bells and drums announcing the time ...
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