Home Inn (Beijing Xizhimen)
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... but it wouldn't have been good for her to stay, and at least she got to see a bit of the fun experience of the restaurant.
We introduced ourselves around the table, and Coco, the restaurant manager, was full of energy, serving us.
The wine was always topped up in our glasses, and the food was absolutely delicious, as always.
I had such a fantastic night, and was only sad Natalie wasn't well enough to join us for longer.
... of China in 1949! OK. That's enough history for you all .. We are getting lots and lots of history lessons as we travel around . . . :-). :-). :-).
One more place we will visit today - The Summer Palace - built so the emperors and the Empress Cixi could be cool during the hot summers. Two thirds of this area is made up of waterways and lovely gardens. This, as well as The Forbidden City, has been named ...
... most of the sites on my own. We eventually reached the entrance to the tombs. I didn’t really know what to expect, as I was unfamiliar with this site. After passing through the security check, (Every tourist site I have been to in China requires a bag check and metal detector), I started going down flight after flight of stairs. The entire descent all I could think was that I was going to have to walk back up them all at some point. I ...
... I go out there.
Around eleven am, I fell asleep. Slept for hours. No where I needed to go today.
Lunch was not that important today. Just was not feeling hungry. All I wanted was sleep. My mind was tired. My throat was raspy. My energy level was low.
Yesterday, I made plans with Emi to eat Thai today in Sanlitun. Emi invited Jenny to come with us. I chilled in Emi's room before we were going to head out. Niaya was getting ready to ...
... next stop was Tian'nmen square, the imperial city and the Forbidden city....was lots and lots of walking around and I was really struggling with the heat (Robs not as much).
But Catherine was so informative and made all the stories and characters come alive.
We both couldn't believe that the Forbidden city (where the emperor used to reside with his wife, concubines and soldiers) is such a massive place with thousands and thousands of grand rooms for so few people.