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... ul>We agreed to go by train which seemed to be the cheapest (RMB 6 per person), the fastest (only 1 hour) and the most comfortable way how to overcome the distance between Beijing and Badaling. We wanted to catch the one departing at 7.58.
We caught a subway from Xidan to Xizhimen where the respective train station is situated. Nevertheless, we arrived and found out that all train tickets for the Great Wall had been already sold out. The ticket counter was closed and it ...
Had a great day out with Will in Beijing. We hired a driver who took us to the Great Wall at Mutianyu where we went up in a chair lift and came down on a slide!
Driving back to Beijing Will suggested we went for afternoon tea at Raffles. It was beautiful - all decorated up for Christmas and they were playing Michael Buble Christmas songs too!
A lovely day out which really set off the festive season!
Today was another similar one to yesterday. A fairly easy one mooching around with just the one to visit to yet another temple.
This time it was the Lama Temple, probably the best temple I've visited so far since I got here due to how quiet and relaxing it was. It houses the biggest Wooden Buddha in the world carved from a single piece of wood and has the little Guinness world record sign outside just in case you ...
... was probably going to find somewhere to sit down and read my book they didn't object or try to force the issue but as the conversation was ending one of them said, "Maybe we go for coffee later?" Honestly, I really wasn't too bothered but they spoke enough English for conversation and I felt like being polite, so I agreed and we strolled in no particular direction. After reading about the tea scam I really should have seen it coming and in actual fact when she'd asked me I'd run it ...
... which explained that the teas ranged from 30 pounds to 50 pounds per cup, per person, with a 20 pound tea ceremony fee!
We also realized that the students were all sitting round the door blocking us in the room. We decided the best thing to do was panic, and we put down the money for Charlie's juice and made a run for the door. Thankfully they stepped aside, but it could have got out of hand very quickly if we had both started drinking the tea from the off.