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... all Jack Wolfskin then found out that is who they work for.) The trip to the section of Great Wall that we were going to see, Jinshanling, would take three hours. All but the driver and I got to sleep. I had this blog to write and the previous days. Not long into the journey it started to get quite cold. I asked Nicol for more heat. No chance, it was on full whack and wasn't working properly. Getting back to a cold bus after a long walk along the Great Wall in sub ...
... bricks that were designed to stabilize the courtyard area, and provide for a level platform, despite earthquakes — which seems to have worked well. The views from up here were excellent (although obscured by the persistent pollution) and helped us further comprehend the expansive nature of the Forbidden City.
After our hutong adventure, we stopped for lunch at Yue Bin, the first private restaurant in Beijing after 1978. Mao had closed all of the ...
... over their heads without even flinching. It was crazy and very beautiful to watch. Second best part of the kungfu show: I made my first bargain! In Chinese! The woman offered me 100 kuai for a laser pointer, and I bargained her down to 30 kuai, which is 5USD. I know I probably overpaid, but I was proud of myself for getting her down that much my very first time and to a price I didn't mind paying. Plus, now I have a dance party in my pocket.
Last night I ...
... and I are now true men... because, as they say, "He who has never been to the Great Wall is not a true man". Oh, and I bought a bear hat off the street because a lot of chinese girls are wearing them... I thought it would make a fun Great Wall photo! :)
On our way back to the hostel, we stopped at the Birds Nest Beijing Olympic Stadium where we quickly looked around and took some photos because it was too cold to be outside for too long *see photos*.
... had cokes that were mostly frozen, major cold with ice, and oh how we treasured these. Not being a diet coke, did not matter to Bec.
After waving goodbye to the wall, we went to lunch, another family style meal on the ubiquitous lazy susan, it was the best meal yet. But of course it was by the government shop, Friendly's. We got a small perfume bottle. From lunch we went to the Ying Summer palace on a beautiful lake. Toured ...