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... it. Most did not, or they didn’t want to admit it if they did. Even in today’s modern, far-less-restrictive China, the team of journalists wound up in the back of a squad car within 10 minutes. The next day on the way to the Great Wall, I was talking with our English-speaking guide who went to a Beijing university in what was probably the early 90s. I mentioned something about the police presence in the square the night before, and knowing what happened there ...
... so loud - even louder than The Chi (my dad for the readers that don't know). We arrived at the Great Wall around 08:50 beating the crowds. The peacefulness and clean air was something well received by both Kelsey and I after the hussle and bussle and inner city smog and spitting of Beijing. There were several options of getting up to the wall; a gondola, a chair lift and to Kelsey's dislike the 1300 stair climb - we took the stairs :) the Great Wall was an incredible ...
... piece of advice given today is to never learn the word train, just make choo choo noises. People will laugh and be more interested in helping you, and also probably join in. Who doesn't love pretending to be a train, after all?
On the way to the Great Wall I hopped off the train because I saw a hoard of hipsters get ...
... people. It is still used for major military parades and public holidays.
One cannot visit the Former Palace or Tian’anmen Square entirely in a single day (or even a week), but several hours will give a good overview of the size & splendor of court life. Take time to read about the many exciting battles within the court as power struggles were common between concubines, eunuchs, and even wives.
It sounds like the making of a good soap ...
... I wouldn’t go to the bog if I were you” he suggested, “Why, is it bad?” I replied worriedly as I needed to go “Well, if squat toilets covered in p*ss, blood and sh*t are your kind of thing, you are in for a treat” he said. I decided to brave it, but turned right out our cabin, and found a perfectly clean western style toilet at that end. I gleefully reported this to Dan upon my return saying that he had forgotten ...