Grand Hotel Beijing
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Last night we spent three hours faffing in the supermarket trying to find houmous or equivalent. Needless to say there ain't no houmous. Instead our joyous lunch consisted of bread, orange tomatoes and crisps. We got on the subway to the forbidden city and were greeted with a massive and scary queue. Might sound weird but everybody is Chinese. There are hardly any western tourists. Therefore we ...
... the line we needed. We didn't get back till an hour later and without a phone I had no way of contacting Rose to let her know. She was waiting downstairs ready to go when we got there.
The hospital was just a short taxi away, but getting in wasn't so easy. We found an entrance, but the lights were off and the lifts out of service. Security guards came looking and grunted at us, to which I replied "wo bu dong". Rose showed them a piece of paper written by ...
... James who had rear ended an Asian!! Both James and I were reprimanded for breaking the rule of no stopping! We kept trying to give the bloody slow pokes a chance to get their ***** down the run so that we could have a good crack at leaning into the bends and getting some speed but alas we just kept catching them up and no matter how much we 'politely' asked then to go faster they didn't and no amount of rear ending could encourage them to get ...
... was all very enjoyable. The Summer Palace is our next stop so we climb back into the car and are sped away. Literally, our driver is a speeder. I don't think he goes anywhere slowly (or safely, but I'll get to that). We wander through the gardens with the bank of the man made lake on one side and the Empress's covered walkway on the other. Walking and chatting we end up at our embarkation point to take a boat in the form of a dragon back to ...
... second. Suddenly, Dan was at my side, ‘we have to go, now!!’ ‘what’s the rush?’ I asked ‘just trust me, out, now!’
As we exited the bar I demanded an explanation, ‘ok, so when I went to the loo, it was occupied, but then that girl you were chatting too came out. I went in to find that she had been off on her aim and it was all over the seat’ ‘Ok, but often that’s the case in bars, you have to ...
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