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... they have maybe 10 Western tourists a month so they were very excited to talk to us, especially as we were some of the youngest tourists they'd had - and so much closer to our age. It was really interesting to talk to them and they were fascinated in all that we could tell them about our culture. Phil is gay, and we had a very interesting conversation where he tried to explain this concept to him, and how where we come from it is acceptable, which is ...
... get uploaded later. On that subject, make sure to check out the Pingyao photos I finally posted! This evening, I went with Irene to go try on my tailored suit and make final adjustments. It fit quite nicely and I think it's going to look fantastic when it's finished tomorrow evening. I also bought myself a bunch of nice new ties to go with it. Maybe tomorrow when I go pick it up I should buy a belt as well... Oh damn, and some dress ...
... we some some beautiful carvings, sculptures and jewelry being made right before our eyes. We then continued on to lunch, the Ming tombs and the Great Wall at Mutianyu. We chose this option as we had read that it was less 'touristy' and provided the opportunity for a bit of a hike and stunning views. We were not disappointed. The wall was an amazing sight and an unbelievable spectacle of grandeur, human ingenuity and hard, hard labor. The wall snaked over ...
... candy that is very yummy (many people in Chinese culture buy small gifts like this to share with their co-workers so I gave a bunch of the candy to the Chinese teachers I work with). It reminds me of peanut brittle, but not as hard.
When we finished at the porcelain exhibit, we headed to a hutong. There are many hutongs around Beijing. They are small alley ways that have many small houses. The neighborhoods are historical and we were told it ...
... Dan is aware, no-one short changes him and lives, “Oi, Duck is 30 Yuan” he demanded, “Chinese Vegetables too, you have” the vendor replied, pointing at the price list, and he was right, Duck Wrap was 30 Yuan, Chinese Vegetables 20 Yuan, ah, we had been had, £2 for a few beansprouts and a chopped spring onion. “Well, ok then, where’s my bloody 50 Yuan then?” Dan reasonably asked “You pay for friend ...
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