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Travel Blogs from Beijing
... YOU BET (well, no bets in China..but you understand what I mean). As we approached the mountains, there it was in all its majesty - actually the first site I have seen that was EXACTLY as I had imagined. It was like a stone dragon curling its way up to the crest of the mountain. Howard and our driver rejected a number of car parks and continued towards the top parking area. All of a sudden a dark car charged across the road to block our path. About 6 men surrounded ...
... stalls and restaurants with their bright lights and enticing
smells rounded off our day.
Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City followed the next day. Again, the sheer size of it
all made it brilliant to see, with bold colours and interesting
shapes and details on the temples and palaces. First day of the
national Chinese holiday though, meant it did feel busier but it was
funny seeing crowds of people pushing to take photos...of empty
rooms! The gardens ...
... we returned to campus.
Anthony showed me where the hot water machine was on the floor, It was in the kitchen and the machine was huge. One woman in the room told us to only use it when the light was green because that meant that the water was completely boiled.
For the rest of the night, I started packing for the Silk Road trip. Then I fell asleep.
Today, I am finishing packing ...
... Square and Peking Duck were a few 'must do's' on our list. Anything extra was a bonus. We managed to tick of each of these and despite being told that the food in China was horrible we thoroughly enjoyed our duck from the restaurant right next door to 365 Inn - I am now regretting not having made a note of the name. Nonetheless, when in Beijing you are not at a loose end when looking for an authentic experience of peking duck.
Aside from this one, tasty dinner ...
... do exactly what we want to do all the time(including indulgences such as sleeping in and McD's). But with the curiosity and needs of a third person it will change the things we do a bit. It isn't a bad thing really because we will probably try a few more new things. At this stage, I just hope she enjoys her time with us and understands why we do what we do instead of settling in NZ with a mortgage and a job. :-)