Jingu Qilong Hotel
Travel Blogs from Beijing
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The evening began surreally but that’s what I’ve come to expect here so far. The advantage to making friends with the locals rather than surrounding myself with other Westerners (If I want to talk to Americans I’d have gone to Los Angeles) is that I scored an invite to the Peking Opera. How could I turn ...
... spots trees have metal bands and branches are braced up and the inside of the bottom trunk is dead. Saw the marble barge, built of marble so water couldn't turn it over! Symbolic, ruler couldn't be overturned. Off to dinner at the house of the family Bai former home of Prince Li. We were not sure what to expect. Walked down a entry with large Chinese lanterns overhead, there were rows of young men and women lined up like soldiers in beautiful period ...
... our required group pictures and having people pose with a few random people we left. We tried to go to TGI Fridays but the first 10 can drivers we stopped didn't know where it was. A few of them were very rude and earned some of my choicest chinese curse words. We finally decided to go back to the hotel and decide from there. We asked the concierge if she knew of a Pizza Hut close by and she told us we would have to take a cab to get there. ...
... on our long trip home, we discovered that Tibet was currently closed to tourists and no one was sure if and when it would open again. Although we kept our eye on the news, nothing changed, but we decided to carry on with the original plan anyway as you never know what might happen once we were in China.
Our train trip from Datong to Beijing was not much different to our first China rail experience - curiosity, stares, photo's..it was ...
... to like a human being. I'm color coded to be
treated like a clueless customer or a bumbling tourist by whoever I
I seek truth and
learn from the world around me. This place enforces truths instead of
finding them, and the world around me is a colorful tent full of
actors reading off their lines. This feeling of not belonging here is
so strong that it's very, very clear that I am meant to see all of
this and learn something I can't yet grasp.