Juyongguan Great Wall Hotel
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... Mexican friends from Harbin also came along. It was a lot of fun, although you couldn't move for fireworks or firecrackers going off - people were lighting them at regular intervals along the road and pavement, and the only warning you got was that there was a patch with no people in and a dark shape in the centre of it... On New Year's Day we went to the Temple of Heaven where we stumbled upon a huge New Years performance featuring traditional dance, some acrobatics ...
... A minute later, I found the Llama Temple.
It was crowded. Didn't expect people on a Tuesday. So many Chinese and foreigners there.
I got the student discount; the ticket was twelve RMB (two dollars)!
Walking around the Llama Temple was surreal. People were praying. I felt out of place a bit because I was clueless about the Buddhist practice.
Confession: I haven't been to temple since elementary school. I am a bad Buddhist.
... join them for dinner, so me and Rach went out with the boys to a small back street, family run restaurant to have some Chinese dumplings. The owner, an extremely drunk, long bearded man ( I will name him beardy) and his wife fed us lots of snacks, which we watered down with alcohol. He would fill up our glasses with baiju, a bit like ouzo, and get us to shot every five minutes, finding a random reason to make a toast. He took a shine to me and for the entire dinner told me sweet ...
Today, I woke up and walked out of the west gate to get a pork sandwich from a vendor I like.
Following that I started blogging about my Silk Road trip (still working on that). I grew tired and decided to walk to the 7-11 to get something to drink. My stomach was not feeling for food since it was recovering from what I ate for the last two week: lamb, yak, ...
... only exit was on the other side of the temple, as the police had barricaded the everything else off. So it would appear that I was going to see the lama temple after all. I had to jump back in the ticket line and get my ticket. Once I had my ticket I went into the temple where I once again followed the flow of people. I was actually glad that I went in, because not only did I get to see the temple, but I got to see it being used for the purpose it was built ...