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Visited the Forbidden City in Beijing in the morning before we
left which was astonishingly big, grand and quite impressive. Summer Palace the
day before. Huge amounts of people – swarms of them, everywhere. Have
even been squashed like a sardine on to a metro, and pushed along through
crowded temple entries. Not used to that yet after 9 days of it – I guess I am
just not a crowded place person. You can take ...
... and then the three ducks arrived . . First, the crispy skin - thin slivers of skin for your eating pleasure! Then, the meat was sliced very thin on a plate. Your job was to roll this thin pancake/crepe circle with the duck slices, the sauce, some slices of cucumber and green onion, and whatever else you desired - all with the chopsticks of course - and then enjoy! And then, we were served the bones of this same duck - in small pieces and ...
... concluded with a Kung Fu Show. This was a bit like a Chinese version of Jesus Christ, Superstar with a bit more acrobatics, ballet and martial arts all rolled in to one! Tomorrow another big day with our visit to the Great Wall - we can hardly wait for this one. I believe we are now officially on holidays - ...
... these kinds of facts around…interesting, don’t quote me on the numbers, though.
The Temple of Heaven itself is a beautiful structure well worth visiting for its aesthetics (see pics). Here the emperor would worship the heavens and seek out favourable weather for the harvest, etc.
Next on the agenda was a Hutong (traditional narrow street of which there are about 5000 in Beijing) visit starting with a rickshaw ride along some beautiful ...
... one by one, when we go through the questions. This time at the end, I wrote my name on the board and cheered myself for getting full marks and being the winner. This lead to one girl saying, "Ben this is not fair, you waited to hear our answers then copied us." And another girl stating, "You should get 12 out of 12 because you chose questions you know the answers to." Lastly, the class erupted in shouts of "NOoooooooo!!!" When I kept boasting about my perfect score. Being ...