North Star Continental Grand Hotel
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... of Beijing. Though cold, we liked what we saw. We slept well, and miraculously, when we awoke at 6am Sunday morning, there was hot water in the hostel showers! A clear foreshadowing that the day was going to be GREAT!
We were hesitant as we entered the faded yellow van on the street corner, but we instantly felt certain that this tour would be excellent as we met the group inside. Our tour guide was a very smiley man named Jackson. Ian and Karen are ...
Today's weather report said 100% chance of rain so we were prepared with our trusty umbrellas. Good thing we had them 'cause it did start raining around lunch and kept up for the rest of the day. It was a light rain, but rain none the less. Today we walked over to the Drum and Bell Towers then down to Jingshan Park. The two towers were ...
... a restaurant called My Home, which had many locals sitting in drinking beers and the OAP men being shirtless. We had a wonderful meal of noodles, and two soups, which came to around 3 pounds! While eating many of the locals approached us to speak to us. One kind man who loved Winston Churchill, tried to buy his beers and our meal.
This blog entry is a bit short and sweet! Just mainly to let you all know we got here safe and ...
... as they have award winning pizzas that smelled delicious (the menu warns that they only have a small oven, and they are meant to be ordered as appetizers and they cannot feed a big group for dinner), but we had a reservation for dinner at a nearby Italian joint - Mercante. Mercante was cozy and the food was great. The hostess is one of the owners and the waiter is the other owner (and chef??). He whips up the food that he remembers his mother ...
... In the morning I did not do much, but then in the afternoon I went with another colleague there to a press conference. It was for a new movie premier of one of China's most famous directors. I had not heard of him because they said his films stay mostly inside of China, but that he is great. I got to tag along and hear him speak (well more like try to understand anything he said). Despite that, it was still nice to have gotten out of the office. Yet I was still a little shaky ...