Jian Yin Hotel
Travel Blogs from Beijing
Ahhh I'm so sorry for the lack of updates, I was so busy with holidays and then final exams. Exams are all done now and I'm waiting out the last week or so in Beijing.
Chinese people don't really celebrate Christmas it seems, but we had a holiday party/secret santa for my class which was good. I think that Christmas Eve here is like our Valentine's Day. On Dec. 24 I went with a friend for dinner, ...
... determined to eat at PH. Then I missed the correct stop, saw the logo as we drove past, and prayed that the next stop wouldn't be too far away. 10 mins of reckless driving and countless toll booths and motorways (which all happen to have pavements running alongside them) later, I finally got off the bus to start the long walk back. I then walked straight past and had to turn around again, however I eventually made it! I'm currently eating dessert ...
... we could inspect all the pieces ourselves and make sure she hadn't broken anything out of spite or managed to steal anything back under my nose. She hadn't, and I walked away with my prize.
That's sort of how the rest of the day went as well. After examining the pearls and jade at Hongqiao (we might go back because we were too timid to buy any this time around), we hit the second large shopping area, the Silk Market.
If I thought the first market was bad, this ...
... prizes. Yes a costume contest was involved. We had no idea if a} the kids would turn up and b} get dressed up. This was unchartered territory. But I was excited as I entered my local supermarket and found appropriate costumes and some Halloween decorations. I figured a devil's mask and witch's hat for me was perfectly applicable. And then my excitement grew. Richard had his students design decorations, and I have a small group of ...
... We were told to not leave the room, and not to let
anyone see us. According to the staff member hosting us, there had
been a mix-up in scheduling this visit, and the government had not
been told that we would be visiting this school. We were assured it
was just a formality, but they then warned that the community may
report us to the government instantly if we're seen by the wrong
people. What would the consequences be? They wouldn't say. Would we