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... almost a month here, struggling with more than very basic Chinese. They were not so energetic as us once there so we agreed to meet up later to go down together and back with the taxi driver.
The Great Wall really is great, quite spectacular, especially we felt at the spot we visited called Mutianyu, it was less crowded and very beautiful, some parts of the wall here were completely overgrown and you could not walk on them, others had a wee path along the very top, ...
Went for an amazing dinner at a vegetarian restaurant- yes that exists in china! Then we went to the Olympic park and saw the watercube, birds' nest and dragon tower #goldmedal This blog now includes videos for the enjoyment of our international following. P.s all the stairs (and there are many) are made for diddy Chinese legs- like half the size of ours which Jiedi is loving and the two aliens are finding rather annoying! #imnotbeingracistbutchinesepeoplehavesh ...
... are the many mazes of backstreets that have made up the centre of the city for hundreds of years and are lined with tiny houses, shops, hole in the wall restaurants and toilets. There are over 1000 of these streets left - there used to be over 6000 of them before modern development and the huge skyscrapers began dominating Beijing.
... first. We didn't know where to go,
which ticket booth, but with a guess and some helpful miming of a
station worker, we got our tickets. The man in the booth was so
rude/efficient he didn't even look at us, or anyone he served,
staring at his screen and processing things super fast to get through
the queue. Then, feeling hungry and a little tired and overwhelmed,
we succumbed to a McDonalds (lasted two weeks, that's pretty good
right?!) The impossible ...
... restaurant/fast food place that I hadn't been to in almost 6 years! The food was delicious!! After that, we got to go to the 北京奧林匹 ;克公園 (Beijing Aolinpike Gongyuan) (Beijing Olympic Park) and see the Bird's Nest as well as the Ice Cube. Beijing was where the 2008 Olympics was held and it is now only used for special events and for tourists to visit. We stayed until night and got to see everything lit up!