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The following day we decided to have a rest day in order to minimize all outside influences. We believe that Qiang is vulnerable to outside influences and over-stimulation. Of course, nice idea but helped little. Despite the lack of sleep, Qiang is actually very happy and pleasant during the day.
Wednesday we visited Beijing zoo. An enormous spacious zoo. All the animals were equally interesting to Qiang, but for us, the large Panda's were definitely the best. ...
... night as it also happens to be China's National Single Day! Bit strange to give away free drinks to everyone all night (another serious business flaw, surely?), but I suppose they must feel all the single people need cheering up. Of course, it was packed, and was always going to be a good evening, and I write this, sitting on the sofa, at 7.32 am, having caught the morning subway back home after breakfast in the café with Luana (new girl). So a good birthday overall ...
... I was watching new friendships form.
The other highlights of the day were riding on a huge dragon boat at the Summer Palace and watching the girls buy matching pillows at the silk factory. We also enjoyed finally meeting our US based travel guide Peter from Portland and our local travel guide Charlotte from Beijing.
We ended the evening once again exhausted and knowing our next day would be even longer as it was set to start us out at 7:30am. ...
... of manhood and spiritualism, with its combination of acrobatics, ballet and martial arts, its collage of color and costume, this was quite an exuberant and visually dazzling spectacle. And yes ...
... by a travel company.
As if the day hadn’t been random enough, we turned up at a Muslim restaurant near us, hammered, and took over one of the long tables. Masses of food, loads of beer, and entertained on stage by a band, and a belly dancer. Yep, they were joined on stage by the InterNations group dancing alongside! Think we entertained the whole restaurant who seemed to be happy, clapping & cheering us on! Most of us then went onto a very ...