North Star Continental Grand Hotel
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... room. We then retired to the board room where all the students that we buddies with Scotch students where gathered around the table. A Skype link back to the school was established and the Scotch crew that came to China appeared. About an hour of speeches and kids talking to each other saw out this event and we made our way to our driver to head back to the hotel.
Myself, Trish, Ian and Albert were all tired from quite a full on day (especially on the back ...
... a car . . . Since there is such a bad traffic problem in Beijing, there is a lottery system in place. Every other month, one in 148 people who apply to register a car, is chosen by lottery! Arnold has been in this lottery for five years! No luck! He says he is not a lucky guy! :-(. Fortunately he can drive his wife's car!
Tomorrow, we tour the old Hutongs by rickshaw and then board a plane for Xian.
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After another delicious lunch, we headed off to the Ming Tombs.Just to our luck, the temple like structure was under renovation, but we still got to enjoy the beautiful view of the gardens and some animal sculptures that represented the guards to the 13 emperors that were buried there. It was quite a peaceful ...
... when trying to say the word "six". Which leads to things like "I am sex" or "There are sex balls". H7N9 H7N9 is the most recent strain of bird flu that rapidly infected over 100 people within a month and killed about 40% of those infected. It was taken very seriously here due to their being no cure and around 50% of the infections having no known close contact with poultry. Even the World Health Organisation sent representatives over, the government culled poultry markets, ...
... on the tube. And that is the end of my trip.
All in all I had the most amazing time and even though I went on my own this was probably a better thing as I met quite a few people along the way and I could do what I wanted when I wanted. It is definitely the best thing I have ever done in my life and I plan to head off back to some of the places to explore them further. Just wish I had gone for longer and maybe I hadn't spent so much cash but you live and learn!