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We had a great weekend. On Saturday we went to the Blue Zoo which has the longest underwater tunnel. We saw giant Sting Rays and sharks swim right above us. There was even a mermaid show - Cate and Mia couldn't believe their luck. Well worth the price of admission.
After that we went to the famous Silk Market where I got myself a fabulous watch. So pretty! All over the bargaining was crazy. You have to ...
... to Chinese. I completely forgot a few characters, but I did not care. Just wanted to be done and get out.
After my exam, I ran to the library to print our my Buddhism paper. Julia and Avery came in too since they were working on their Buddhism papers too. Once finished printing, I got a chicken wrap for lunch.
I went the basement lounge to prepare for my Chinese oral exam tomorrow. Mohini walked by me and said hi. Stephanie ...
... arrive at the Emperor hotel - our urban oasis in the heart of Beijing. We were met with warm hospitality and brought to our room - Cheng Hua. The room itself was trendy, modern and exceeded all expectations (a nice white and hipster turquoise and we immediately thought it would fit in as a boutique hotel in hintonburg). Equipped with a refillable complimentary minibar and evening cookies we were about ready to settle in after now being awake nearly 24 hrs. One ...
... Stele Pavilion there is a 50-ton tortoise carrying a stone tablet. ( inscribed with the history of the Hongwhu Emperor Zhu..(1328-1398).
The walk along the road (Pathway) was pure delight with the willows swaying in the light breeze, the lush green lawns and the misty haze making it all the huge statues look even more sureal..
Dinner tonight was a first for many of us Aussies.. Individual "Hotpots"... Boling pots of some form of broth.. paper thin slices ...
The Flight to Beijing
Goodbye family, goodbye friends. Farewell beloved Rocky Mountains and Colorado sunshine. Hello opportunity, hello China, hello (somewhat) unknown.
Leaving to study abroad in China has filled me with excitement, with "Oh my gosh!!" and some strange bouncy feeling in my stomach, though I credit that more to the large caramel frappe I downed prior to getting in line for TSA. Getting ready to leave was quite the process, though I ...