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The following morning we woke up at 5:00am and headed straight for the same section of the wall as we did yesterday. Luckily however the east side of the wall was a lot closer to where we got dropped off rather than the west side where we saw the sun set. We headed up there and began the long wait to see the sun rise. I thought seeing the moon, planets and stars more interesting than the sunrise. Although we eventually saw the rays of ...
... so funny. We ended up getting our pictures taken with them, and they passed out the daily Disney pin for being Great Wall warriors (we get a pin each day to commemorate our excursion; they are made specially for the Enchanted China trip).
Once we made it down the mountain (again, in the cable car, yay), we went to lunch at a nearby restaurant that was a converted elementary school house. It was very charming. Because the one-child policy has been ...
... manic....people have no care for personal space, they queue jump and do whatever they can do to get to the front as soon as possible!
The Forbidden City is full of culture and is a beautiful place full of amazing traditional Chinese architecture. Designs dating back 100's of years, its outstanding to think it was all built by hand.
We grabbed a bite to eat here..............not nice! haha! it looked like ...
... tongues and innards. There were statues of people murdering babies, and others of men evading taxes. The variety was overwhelming.
After we left the temple, we stopped at a bakery to grab some lunch. The bakery was a blast from the past. Paris Baguette, popular in Seoul, South Korea when i was there. They even had the curried chicken pastries I fell in love with. Thus armed with pastries, we headed to the Summer Palace. The Summer Palace ...
... I can't sing at all! But she insisted! So, feeling flustered and panicked I gave a stunning performance of 'Jeruselum'. Why Jeruselum? Nice and traditionally English and hymns are always easier to sing - oh dear, very strange spur of the moment decision. Super awful but she loved it.
Yesterday evening we went on an adventure into the city, with no Mandarin speakers - bold move! With much deliberation, deciphering of signs and pigeon chinese we made it into the city ...