JW Marriott Hotel Beijing
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Once again, after a smooth five hour train ride, Carol, Joerg and I arrive in Beijing. Jim is back in Shanghai or Taiwan or Korea or somewhere in Asia attending to business. Our regular guide, Jason greeted us at the train station and took us to the hotel. We will be heading out early to go to the Wall the next day so we decided to have a quieter …
Bag packed, up before the alarm. We are ready. The breakfast room opens at 7, together with a small crowd we fill our plates with food and hurry downstairs to the v knowledgeable, caring, photo bomber, friendly, helpful Tracey- Chen Jing is ready with Master Xui We arrive at the car park and what a surprise it has Subway and Burger King followed by the predictable glut of souvenir shops, each with women calling out their wares for us to buy, which we nod and hello ...
... it. Men bashing crude sugar with comically oversized mallets like in a kids' cartoon. Tea at an ancient tea shop (many types); we saw a shadow puppet show. I hate shadow puppets and read. Still reading Moore on Thatcher, now also halfway through On The Road (pretty good; great style) and The Possessed by Dostoevsky (his only big book I haven't read yet). Have been reading Hope: A Tragedy by Shalom Auslander to RC. We left Xian on a sleeper train in bunks ...
... alleyways packed full of shops and restaurants. I tried some food called sokoyaki (at least I think that's what it was, you never know...) they are these fried ball-shaped things stuffed with squid, ginger, green onion, and some other unidentifiable items. There are bars everywhere- to put it mildly. ...
... thing but maybe that's because I'm a bit saturated from palaces and temples. To finish things off I go to a park further north and climb to the top of a hill to see a view of the city. Given that we are approaching Chinese New Year, the whole country is on the move back to families and home towns. The transport system is busy with people and suitcases and boxes of oranges as gifts(?). The other noticeable thing is that a rather large proportion of ...