Beijing Great Hotel
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... of a bloke swimming in decidedly green water; I miss my lap
swimming, but not that much. Didn’t brave getting dysentery to keep my fitness
up. I figure the temple stair walking will compensate.
Off to Datong tomorrow and the Hanging Monastery I think; more
temples certainly. yahoo is being incredibly fiddly to use. may swap to my
bigpond address next time. Until then, cheerio! No idea how to spell the
... beautifully lit with constantly changing scenes! Took lots of photos there! The warm evening was delightful and we felt just plain happy to be there soaking it all in! It was a perfect way to finish up our first full day in Beijing! Cliff, Laura, and Michael did a great job planning this day! Tomorrow, the Viking trip starts in earnest!
Finally - a reasonable nights sleep! Early breakfast at 6:00 because the bus taking us up to the ...
... a couple teenage girls that I was chatting with. After almost three weeks of traveling Tammy and I were getting a little jaded about the tourist thing, but we knew we had to try our best to do some touristy things while in the nation’s capital. So the next day after having a bite to eat we walked to Tiananmen Square, obviously a must see place in Beijing. But really it’s just a big open square, and on such a hot day we just spent a couple minutes there, got a ...
... The area was fairly touristy, yet also quite old. We visited a Chinese lady who shared a private courtyard with her husband, two sons and granddaughter. It was a lovely place, not very big, but given its proximity to the city centre and recent crazy real estate price explosion throughout Beijing she told us the property itself was worth about 5 Million US$ !!!!!!! In fact our tour guide told us that it’s become very difficult for Chinese to even afford small ...
... my prowess as an English speaker against 8 and 9 year old Chinese children. This lead to a girl saying, "But you should win, your English and were just children who speak Chinese; and you're old." I add that at 30, I'm not old!!! New names I've had many new names from the kids in Chinese. If for example you take the chinese character for stupid 笨 and alphabetise it, it spells Ben, so here's some English translations the kids have used as names (spoken in Chinese) ...