Gongda Jianguo Grand Hotel
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Our last stop before dinner was a visit to the Beijing Zoo to see the pandas. Several were quite active and put on a good show for us.
After dinner, we went the Red Theatre to see "The Story of Kung Fu". It was an exciting show, though several of us had trouble staying awake with a full belly and a warm theatre.
Tomorrow will be a later start and a lighter day of touring.
All will be well, I will be fine (and hopefully more rested!)...