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... of campus. We took this bus outside of the city--it took us about an hour and a half in good traffic conditions to reach our destination. Once we arrived, I driver dropped us off at the bottom of this very large hill. At the top of this hill was the entrance to the wall. We then ventured up the hill, chose a meeting spot and were given a few hours before we had to meet back at that point. Getting to the top of the wall, was ...
... off drinking something. One minute, he talked to me in Chinese about how I was speaking in English. He demanded to know what my nationality was. Bill told him that I was American. Then the man asked about where my parents were from. When he heard Vietnam, he said he thought I was Chinese. Bill tried to explain to him that my parents are full Chinese from Vietnam.
Daniel jumped in and tried to communicate for us. The man was clearly drunk. Bill expressed ...
... that this was not the highest point at all as that lay about a thousand meters further ahead. Being the stubborn bugger I am I cracked on and did actually reach the highest point, bright red, minus about a litre of sweat and gasping like a fish on the river bank. Gorgeous.From the top I was literally in the clouds and so visibility was poor however it gave an idea of the magnitude of building this stupendously long wall, all by hand, at the top of ...
... aqicn.org/city/shanghai/). I digress.
The first day I was busy busy and Sassia, my guide took me all around Beijing via the subway and even a public bus (the horror!). First we went to the Summer Palace, where emperors spent April-October. You cannot even imagine the size of the place, maybe 5 of the Dallas Arboretums? Plus a lake. At one point 20,000 people worked on it at a time, and it was completed in 1420. When you first walk in, there are man made canals that ...
... least 2 more visits. We have put it on hiatus for the time being so that we can get other things accomplished on our weekends. ;) We have been hanging out with our friends, drinking, and dancing for most of our weekend nights, which has been a blast to say the least. A little KTV in Wudaokou, a little dancing in HoiHai, a little fun in Lama Temple District. A little surprise birthday party for Leslie. You know, the usual.
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