Oak Chateau Beijing
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... to take advantage a lot and it makes me defensive. I tried to let Lily negotiate but its not really a Chinese cultural thing so she pays our whole cab ride and when I try to dispute says in broken Chinglish- “friends, friends”! I feel badly having my resistance cause Lily to pay for my cab but I don’t know what else to do since its done I thank her, translation text to translation text and we are off for the airport.
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... pollution and how the Chinese do not waste nearly as much as we do here in the USA. I pointed out that the trashcans in the United States may be up to 3 feet tall, where in China they are maybe a half foot. There is also a very informal recycling system here which is a leap forward. Michelle Obama and her educational campaign led to an Environmental agreement between the USA and China to educate students all over the world about the Earth and what we can do to save it. 20 ...
... including Anisa, were riding her tail at the bottom. In fact, even though Savannah started out right behind mr. nuckolls, who finished the same time I did, Devon and I had time to get out of the toboggans and take pictures with people and STILL wait on her for some time. Bless her heart. After climbing the wall, we got our first haggling lesson. Savannah bought a souvenir t-shirt for 50 yuan. Devon and I told the woman 50 was too much and started walking away, so ...
... John went near the front of any transport for the rest of the week!!! It's like being on a Rollacoaster!!! We pulled up at our hotel and we hadn't even got our bags and Jan was there with her arms around Stu smothering him in motherly kisses (haha!) Paul came out 5 minutes later with a handshake & a tap on the back!!
The next day we were meeting our tour guide and fellow travellers for a peking duck welcome dinner. Our tour guide was Niko then ...
If you come to China (and especially if you come to a big city), one phrase you will learn is kongqi wuran 空气污染. Kongqi is air, wuran is pollution. I’ve received several emails from people back at home asking about my health, and I am here to report I am up and running (literally, I have a gym membership now). The pollution hit during our first weekend here. Originally we all thought the weather ...