Beijing Fa Guan Zhi Jia Hotel
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... a must-do (why does my Kindle keep changing must-do to Jay-Z?) Is to walk the hutongs (no Kindle, NOT "buttons") to see old Beijing. Well, we're staying right in the middle of the most famous hutongs for the next six days.
After dumping our luggage in our room we set out to roam. Now about 8 in the evening. The streets are lined with shops - food, souvenirs and boutique stuff mostly. And thronged with people. Only a very few westerners. China has a new ...
... too. The receptionist then gave me the most horribly patronising smile I have ever experienced. My guy then told me that they didn't take foreigners, and we were back to calling up hostels to see if they had space. Except this time we were outside in the cold.
My guy bought me a coke and I got to watch some One Piece that the shop owner had on whilst my guy found somewhere else. We flagged down another taxi who dropped us off, supposedly somewhere near the hostel. ...
... experience was.
Some of the questions were tough to answer. I completely forgot some characters. Despite knowing that I failed it, I did not care. I was not invested in Chinese this week. My motivation level had shot down since last semester.
I really wish my tutor Jacky was here. He always holds me accountable. I only passed Chinese last semester because of him.
There is no ...
... streets and a very cool buttress ruin. I especially loved the sign which indicated the usual no cycling and the not so usual no trumpeting!!
For dinner we headed out with James so that he and mum could gorge on Peking duck. As we had a 20 minutes wait we headed back into an insane Singaporean style mall (this scares me more than running through 6 lanes of Beijing traffic!!). Tried an an awesome coat, looked at insanely priced jade and from what ...
... Great Wall it's seen from the distance and it unravels on top of the mountain like a long ribbon with towers every so often. I recommend to visit it once in lifetime.
From there we went to eat at a farmer house very close to the Great Wall. The family was moved to better housing in the past 5 years. Everything delicious. Now I master the use of chop sticks and the etiquette of Chinese manners at the table.