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... was a very expensive furniture shop, and lots of Chinese food places - rather disappointing. We then went back to the Astoria Waldorf Hotel for afternoon tea and to see the Hutong area they have built at the back of the hotel. We were very privileged to have Peter, the lovely young American Duty Manager give us a tour after we had been chatting to Paola, the Operations Manager on Monday. The ...
... he's ten times better than a tour guide and he takes us to the places that are under appreciated by tourists. Most people, when they come to the Temple of Heaven, they go right up to the most dazzling part, take a picture and are done. But we started at the gate and took about an hour making our way there. There's multiple levels of gates, which makes it more of a journey to get to the temple. What's crazy is that the place is basically one big park and citizens ...
... I met on my Europe trip almost exactly 1 year ago was to arrive really early in the AM on the 17th, so I left him a note to meet us at Kai, of course – is there anywhere else? It was a night of firsts – riding on the back of the scooter/wagon taxis, going back to the same place for the 4th/5th?? night in a row, partying with an 18 year old lad ...
... as the Cube and the "Bird's Nest " didn't change colour while we were there. There was a tower which constantly changed colour and another building that kept changing, but not the main buildings. We didn't walk over to where the flame was, but we could see it. It looked like an ice cream cone.
When headed off again in the car and I had to be dropped off along the way and catch a cab as Morgan was going to her cousin's place to see the baby. Her ...
... concept of protecting the emperor. Towards that goal, there are 9 significant walls before you get to the true emperor's court. When you walk through the famous Tiananmen Gate (where Mao's picture hangs), you have walked through a gate of wall number 5. At that point, you have not yet entered the Forbidden City but are simply approaching it. 9 is significant throughout the complex as 9 is the royal number. The famous doors with the brass knobs are all decorated in series of ...