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... the lobby with a huge hug backed chair with a notice 'Reserved for Santa' on it. The afternoon tea was gorgeous. Will was busy taking photos of the waitresses beautiful jackets. To top it all they started playing Michael Buble's Christmas songs so there was a lovely Christmasy atmosphere. We decided to stay and have cocktails as well, so I had a Singapore Sling and Will had a Beijing Sling. A very memorable and wonderful ...
... br> To my surprise, we finished early. I was so happy! Bethany and I rushed to get lunch outside of west gate. We ate noodles.
Then we walked to the subway station to go to Beijing University to visit Lily, Ariel, and Kevin, who I met by Mohini. The subway ride was not that bad.
Getting out of the subway, the university was right next to the exit. First seeing it from the outside, I saw so many grey buildings. I had no idea what gate to enter. ...
... was in Beijing – near the DongZhiMen station where the Airport Express leaves from - and early this afternoon I had gone there – walked the 500-600 m and it was starting to rain, confirmed with an old Chinese guy that I had the right place, showed my passport to the serious looking Chinese army guys on the gate before seeing behind them the sign in English that said "Visa Section, 50 m to the left." Walk 50 m to the left to see a sign saying it is ...
... space, buildings, traffic, people - all in a bizarre merry-go-round. Exciting, young, vibrant and historic, and that's just our first day!, Can't wait for some serious touristy stuff tomorrow - Tiannamen Square, the Forbidden City with 980 buildings and over 9,000 rooms should tax us a bit! On a more liquid note, we have had some very pleasant Chinese white and red wine as well as some hideous cocktails in Happy Hour! That's it for now folks, have a lovely rest of the ...
... it was so intense some people might get a headache). It's also a place where you find the impressive 18-metre tall statue of Maitreya Buddha (Smiling Buddha).
Talking of more religous practices - once we saw a woman making a fire in a middle of the hutong alley and burning money in it. I tried to ask why is she doing that but she just pointed at heaven and gave me some fake notes to burn too. Later I found ...
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