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... Palace which is located North-West of Beijing on its fourth ring. The Summer Palace is a vast ensemble of lakes, gardens and palaces once commissioned by the emperor as a present for his mother's 60th birthday. As a result, the theme of the entire complex is longevity (or long life), which permeates every building, walkway, garden, statue, and painting. The beautiful (and enormous) Kunming Lake was entirely man-made and the excavated soil was used to build the ...
From tomorrow I will have no internet or any way of contacting anybody - whilst there is a mobile phone network for foreigners in North Korea it is prohibitively expensive - €50 for a SIM card. So, as I won't be able to update you until I get back to China, this is the itinerary of my tour: June 28 – July 6/7 Spend a typical — and by that we mean not at all typical! — summer holiday in the DPRK. Hit the beaches of the east coast at Wonsan and Hamhung (the ...
... soon, please return to your seat, fasten your seat belt, return the chair to the upright position, and stow all baggage. Flight attendants, cabin check."
And then the chair/window shade/seat belt police (flight attendants) come scampering down the aisles.
"errr...sir, you'll need to turn off that electronic device now, we'll be landing soon."
"Seriously, we're still 25,000ft up, haven't even started the descent yet, we're not due to arrive for another 28 minutes, ...
... part within the wall is semicircular symbolizing the heavens and the southern part is square symbolizing the earth. The northern part is higher than the southern part. This design shows that the heaven is high and the earth is low and the design reflected an ancient Chinese thought of 'The heaven is round and the earth is square'. Sounds reasonable..
Within the walls are various buildings ..all for specific purposes.. Hall ...
... steep and often unknown fee upon fee as we progressed through sites) to every temple, garden, museum, etcetera to the ever-present hawkers of tacky goods at every point, including shops set up in temples, to the Disney-esque Great Wall tourists sights replete with gondolas up and alpine slides down. Irksome also is the two tier pricing system for Chinese on the one hand and extra-nationals on the other. We lost a few hours when ...