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... wide moat that surrounds the city. At the very top is a shrine with a huge wooden Budha. We climbed the stairs - not an easy task given Beijing's air quality and my lack of fitness! After recovering from a massive coughing fit at the top I was rewarded with a spectacular view over the whole Forbidden city. It's the best way to get a sense if the real scale of the site.
We descended down the other side of the hill, now a public park, ...
... partake in a Pizza and Ice Cream feast! Given that the girls were appraised for their magnificent behaviour on their flight over, we are sure it was a feast well deserved and earned. In the words of Jiehua (Tian's mum), they managed to eat 'chopstick free' for their first day!
Armed with the knowledge of our girls safe arrival....the mums/parents hold on to their phones, ...
... and Portuguese tarts.
Our first real day sightseeing in Beijing was an exhausting day. We began the day (later then we'd hoped) at Tiananmen square where we met the ridiculous amount of security. For those who have never traveled China you are being constantly security checked, at every metro and train service you need to pass your bags through an xray machine and you go through metal detectors. So, probably unsurprisingly, entering the square was ...
... br> Meals: $2 - $10
Water: $0.80 for 1.5 litres
Alcohol: $1.5 - $3 for a beer
Train anywhere - $0.40 for a single
Return train to the wall - $4
Entry to the Wall - $7
Average Daily Spend per person: $30
Transport there for both of us: $200
Total Spend for both of us inc. Transport: $530
... very much as he doesn't drink white!!! ;)
Capital Club this morning for me for the last British Club meeting of the year, and a Christmas Quiz. Good fun, and I ended up being the quiz master, with a powerpoint - felt like I was a trainer again!! Came back to the office, just in time for our Christmas lunch, not a traditional one but a great feast at a Thai restaurant, fab food & some wine. Needless to say we've been a bit sleepy in the office this ...