Orange Hotel Beijing Wukesong
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... ask a few members of the security staff. No luck. We spot the Green Tea Restaurant instead. Kate had also seen this on Trip Advisor and it had good reviews! Ordering proves a bit of a challenge. We decide on Szchezuan chicken, chicken in a vinegar and chilli sauce, pork curry and cauliflower and veg that you cook yourself on a gas hob. We manage to order local Chinese red wine but it proves more difficult to get glasses. Dinner arrives, all meat is chopped and ...
... adventurous such as local dumplings, noodles, fresh fruit and rice. I thought we were observing only, but Robert surprised me by being open to some sampling. He bravely nibbled on, and swallowed, silk worm, snake, scorpion and spider. The spider was huge and he was instructed to avoid certain parts. He said the silk worm was fairly benign, the insects simple crunchy and deep fried and the snake rather bony. He was a wonder to many who gathered to watch him consume his ...
My guide was right on time at 8:30. I suggested we take a cab to Tiananmen Square, as the thought of being packed into a crowded Chinese plague bus didn't really appeal to me. She of course thought I was nuts. She agreed and after about five or ten minutes of waiting for a taxi to drive by my completely tourist unfriendly location we boarded the bus. It was every bit as bad as I feared as the symphony of sniffles, coughs, wheezes and sneezes played ...
... to leave around the 7th anyway. We left all our documentation with them to process the Visa's and headed back to the apartment to plan our next few weeks. At this point we were just working under the assumption that we could stay and were hoping that there would be no issues processing our request. We wouldn't know for sure until the 24th so all we could do was hope.
On Friday we woke up feeling a little more ...
... but I sang a shortened rendition of Handel's "Bel piacere" that seemed to go over well.
After that, we took the subway and met with Yao near the Lama temple (which is, funnily enough, our seminar's destination for tomorrow). Once there, we went to a zither studio where Yao's relative studies and practices the instrument. We-- and when I say "we," I mean "they," considering the language barrier-- chatted with the zither master, a famous Korean player named Ru Sha (dear God ...