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As we write this Blog we realised that, for us, the experience of travelling in China was more about the vast differences in culture rather than the sights you see. We'd never been anywhere where the culture difference is so saturating. There were many weird and wonderful phenomena that we wanted to share but to keep this blog post at a more …
Well the Weather Fairy deserted us today, but we can't complain. We really have been blessed with fantastic weather for almost the whole trip. One good thing with rainy day is that it was much cooler! It was also a misty rain, not really heavy until we were eating lunch. We started the day with a visit to the Summer Palace. This probably would have been stunning on a sunny day, but the misty rain gave it a lovely atmospheric ...
... through holidays and ritual, and when I came to Beijing, having moved forward with a wonderful new relationship and varied opportunities, I started to worry that I would lose my Jewish identity. Here one is fully aware of one's minority status as a foreigner, but a Jewish foreigner?
With the recent spate of anti-Semitic killings that took place in Kansas, I became increasingly aware that, as I said at the beginning of this blog, that it's ...
... the construction of canals transporting water from the Western Hills to an enlarged lake, now known as the Summer Palace's Kunming Lake. This lake was to serve as a reservoir for Beijing - a function that it still performs today.
In 1750, the 15th year of his reign, Emperor Qian Long of the Qing dynasty built the 'Garden of Clear Ripples' here and renamed the hill 'Longevity Hill' to celebrate his mother's birthday at a cost of 4.48 million pieces of ...
... t a crowd there, it just wasn't as congested as I had imagined it would be. Being able to see such iconic places was an incredibly neat experience.
I'm having a bit of trouble getting everything I want into this post, so I'm going to stop here and make the hutongs and Beijing culture a diferent post. I'll also talk about my free day in Beijing and our last day as well in separate posts.
Until next time,