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... for Beijing so we decided to go to another temple: The Temple of Heaven. After 2 subway journeys (we got off at the wrong stop) we arrived and were very pleased with our decision. It was a lovely outdoor temple filled with gardens and buildings that cover 660 acres! We wandered around and lay down and sunbathed for a while before jumping up as we noticed multiple huge ants crawling over us. Luckily only one small bite on my foot has appeared (few). Exhausted from so ...
... and at times the only inhabitants were the emperor, his wife and his concubines.
I kept thinking that in Europe, we saw beautifully ornate cathedrals that must have cost a fortune, whose purpose was to bring the peasants closer to God. The Forbidden City also cost a fortune, but the peasants could never see it.
But these days, everyone can enter after buying a ticket and submitting to an airport-like ...
... the carvers at work. While there we bumped into several more of the people who had been on the cruise with us - they take all the tourists to the same places of course.
We had a good browse around and bought a couple of gifts and a jade bracelet for me and then we went for lunch there which was included in the tour. Very nice - although not quite the standard of the one the day before.
And off we now went to the Great Wall ...
... sure there wasn’t an emperor ghost hanging on to us! He's jealous that we still get to drink tea.
Our 3rd tourist trap was a jade factory. What I learned: real jade has the ***********e step below a diamond, you can tell it’s real by looking at it in the light and it looks marbled, or rubbing it on glass and it hurts the glass and not the jade. Also, there is always a lower price. We heard about some guy who got it for half the price ...
... in the history of China, there are security checks with metal detectors and x-ray machines at each entrance to the square. There are security cameras and guards dressed as civilians everywhere. The German with whom we were talking last night told us about a friend who visited the square and was dumb enough to pull out and a sign that said "Independance to Tibet" and was put in jail for 2 days! So we behaved nice!
In the evening we went out to ...
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