Nanjing Great Hotel
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... along, our local guide Melinda told us the a few of the stories. The stories ranged from war victories to true love thwarted.
Of course, the Summer Palace, just like the Forbidden City, was only enjoyed by the emperor, his family and high ranking government officials. Our guide also told us that the summer palace had been looted, partially destroyed and rebuilt a couple of times during the late 19th century.
... which says there was once three magic mountains located to the east of China. Gods in those mountains had a kind of herbal medicine which would help humans gain immortality. Consequently many emperors constantly sought these mountains determined to have longevity, but failed, so it became a custom for them to build a royal garden with a large pool and three earth hills to imitate the legend. And ...
We arrived at Beijing station at 2pm and were greeted by blue skies and warm sunshine. Accompanied by Dru our vodkatrain buddy we set out in search of the hotel. After our first experience on the hot, stuffy metro we quickly realised the scale of our recently purchased map was deceiving. After a good 40 minute hike through many bustling streets Dru managed to locate the hotel - a welcome sight. We arrived at our twin room which contained ...
... eating it as is, then demonstrated cooking it and shrugged. The man helping us put the greens in the cooker. Okay. We got it. We must have looked like total idiots, but it was fun. I instantly began appreciating Chinese tourists much more than I ever have before. We had a tame night at the hostel, got a little street food (pork buns and dumplings!), met a kind of douchey Australian guy named spike (a 21 year old in china to study martial arts- you can imagine the type), ...
... apperatuses for doing complex exercises. Kyle convinced me to try one. I sat on this chair attempting to place my legs on a bar and bend backwards almost killing myself in the process much to the amusement of Chinese onlookers. Men played the Chinese version of checkers or card games, sitting along the low wall of the so-called Long Corridors, the open-air sheltered walkway leading to the temple. More couples set up boom boxes blaring dance ...