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... on every streetlamp. Big Brother is watching.
As we made our way across the square towards the south gate of the Forbidden City, a unique phenomenon dawned upon everyone in our group: we were definitely a minority. So much so that we were often being stared at. In some cases, we were even being video-taped and photographed. Odd to say the least, but for many Chinese people, we were the first "foreigners" many of them have ever seen. Moreover, ...
... the shower, it took all of my willpower just to turn the water on. I physically tensed up as it flowed down and hit the floor, splashing everywhere. I almost immediately felt the urge to shut off the water -- it was like I was going against years of ingrained training. Even after a week of practice I still can't turn on the water without wincing.
5) Haggling -- Chinese Style
The general rule of thumb is that unless products have ...
... day. I guess for largely hairless men beards hold a certain fascination also!
By chance we bumped into Jill and Max again whilst making our way home in the evening and learning that they were planning on visiting the Great Wall the following day arranged to tag along. This meant not only would we have some friendly company for the trip, we could also be lazy and take advantage of their planning and in the event they hadn't, we'd at least be lost together! We got up at stupid ...
... it was COLD at that time! We were rugged up, but the best was Pu's cute little mask that you'll see so many girls wearing in China during the winter.
Not 100 steps up the wall, we came upon a stand where they were charging people to wear traditional guards clothes. Normally i hate these kinds of places because its a ripoff but we all decided to have a go and strike some ...
... looked like it was cut-throat, if you didn't like the prices you saw at the present store you could simply go next door.
After several more blocks of interesting boutiques and shops we made it to an interesting attraction, Nanluogu Xiang street. Dating back to the 1200s, the street was tiny, cramped and full of little surprises. The first of which was the Panda shop which sold items ranging from face masks, earmuffs, to full on children's clothing. Following our ...