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No pics tonight....it is late. It's been a fun and busy last two days. I'm looking out the window of my hotel facing west towards the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square. Crazy. I absolutely cannot believe I'm here. I'm not one to get excited about traveling....sadly, it's something I sometimes I take for granted. Frank, if you're reading this, …
QF129 Business class to Shanghai departed 11:35, arrived 18:50 (10hrs 15min)
Connecting flight to Beijing on China Eastern MU586 departed at 21:15, arrived 23:15 (2hr)
Smell of coal - bricks used in heaters
Nice hotel - LHW Grand Hotel Beijing for 5 nts
... with me, 18 of us in all, vast majority are American as the organiser, Francesco, is too and a few know him and each other from back home. Fortunately though they're not the usual gaggle of loudmouths who know nothing of any world existing beyond the USA, but rather a group who have travelled both externally and internally and are richer through those experiences.
One of the ladies, Elizabeth, had me in stitches ...
... this point i want you to open up another tab and go into google images and look these two places up. This was Kim's find and quite frankly a top choice. Looks brilliant, countless boat trips and hidden caves and islands. You can also hire bikes and go out into the rice fields which look weird. This will give us a chance to see allot of china as the train journey is 20hours long! But i cannot wait a taste of old school traveling. There is 6 of us going ...
... day I imagine the stones were very slippery
Once we climbed down from the Wall we went through a market on the way back to the bus. Most of the knickknacks they sold had nothing to do with the The Great Wall except maybe the words "The Great Wall" were printed on them. Surprisingly, there were a camel and bears. The bears were actually pretty said to see.
Since it was a ...
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