Beijing Great Hotel
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... countless, (perfectionist) hours to create.
We walked across the bridge that was built over the massive moat, toward the courtyard. Taking pictures along the way, we decided once we were in there that we weren't going to pay to walk through the whole palace. Not because we didn't want to pay the price--which was ridiculously cheap, like everything in China--but, because we genuinely weren't interested about this part ...
... It had a consistency like jello but tasted more like yogurt, I liked it. Afterwards we walked around a beautiful mini lake/pond area at night and it was so lively with people and lights. It was lined with all different kinds of restaurants and bars that were all lit up. It reminded me of something you might see in Vegas. The bar scene is so incredibly different than in America. All of the bars are very fancy in this area and you sit on plushy couch ...
... but is often less crowded and considered more beautiful. Traffic in both Tianjin and Beijing is bad, so it took close to 3 hours to get there. It was totally worth it, though.
There are two ways to get up to the top of the Badaling section- a gondola and hiking up the wall itself. Because it was 3 degrees Celsius outside and we had only an hour or so to see the Wall, we opted for the gondola, which I was very grateful for once I got to the top and saw ...
... horror - which was a standard reaction!), then felt his pulse. The doctor spoke with such intensity, translated with equal fervour by the side kick. He gave a diagnosis which certainly rang true and then withdrew his prescription pad and scrawled the script. Each line item was then priced (again randomly costed at either ¥650 or ¥600) then the number of months the treatment was required. Again - either 1 or 3!
He then went through the same routine with Lynne and ...
... places that are massive in every sense of the word, it's problems are more and more apparent. Especially on the first day we arrived, we could see nothing out of the window with either a thick layer of fog or smog lying over the city of Beijing. Though it seemed to clear away later that afternoon, it's always quite disconcerting to see that as you land. The trip in all it's glory was a brilliant success with all teachers quite happy with their placement and excited to come and see ...