Mercure Wanshang Beijing
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... need one original to hand into the
Chinese government and the other was a "keep sake" and just incase the
first one got lost. It turns out that the Canadian embassy needs to see
an original not a photo copy but the second original is in Winnipeg. So
the local agency here is going to ask if they can look favourably upon
us (and the two or three others families that didn't bring the second
We crossed the small footbridge under the serenely smiling portrait of chairman Mao. Jason provided an extremely balanced and pragmatic description of Mao and was quite candid about the great mans failings while also acknowledging the enormous changes he brought to Chinese society.
We entered the Forbidden city and Jason explained the purpose of each courtyard and gateway as we ventured deeper into this once secret ...
... out in the heat of the negotiations. Once things had slowed down a bit, I remembered that 50RMB total price was what I had been told we would need to pay when I researched it online! We walked the short distance back to the bus station and ended up getting another driver and agreeing a price of - you guessed it - 50RMB! A bit of a faff, but we were on our way to the wall! When we arrived at Mutianyu, the experience was instantly different to Jinshanling. There were people and ...
... tomatoes, cilantro and onion. It was actually pretty good. There was some type of meat in it that I had no clue what it was. I thought it was pork, but I was soon to find out that wasn't the case. One of the guys that was on our tour with us, actually the one that hung out with us at the market, his parents are from China and he's visited Beijing before. I described the meat to him and he assured me (gulp) it was donkey meat. So ...
... in unison, 'It's Nice to see you too.' They seem to enjoy my lessons and greet me with genuine enthusiasm, and the administration pretty much leaves me alone.
Then today I recived my residency permit and foreign expert certificate, so I'm all official. It's quite a country and quite an environment in which to work. Sunday is my next major tourist venture: The Great Wall. So till my next blog, peace be with you.
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