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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
... vendors, but alas, today the 8.30am train was not running! Bugger! The next train was at 11am! What to do. Come back tomorrow or wait until 11am. Deciding we could grab a coffee and pick up a few bits and pieces while we waited, we purchased a ticket for the 11am train. Soon enough, with stomachs full of latte's, we were on our way to the wall, just an hour and ten minutes away. As we left the city, we could see mountains and snow appearing all around. This ...
... the way.I was warm so we shed some layers as we walked but stopped for rests in the shelters and enjoyed the cool mt. breeze coming in the windows.We need to read the history on this, but according to Jack, there was much fighting between China and Mongolia and this wall was constructed to keep the Mongolians out.
The second attraction we visited was the The Palace in Bejjing where the Royal Emperors resided for several years. It ...
... who were understandably interested in the agriculture and treasures of China - as our guide pointed out they had only yak meat and yak cheese! We were headed for one of the reconstructed sections of the wall, about an hour and a half from Beijing city centre where we could walk along the steps and pathways with spectacular vistas of the wall disappearing over the lush valleys and hills surrounding the section itself.
The temperature was already in the low thirties when ...