Orange Hotel (Beijing Jinsong Bridge East)
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Next on our list was the Temple of Heaven!
For any of yous that don’t know the Temple of Heaven is the largest existing sacrificial buildings in China and was built in 1420 for the Emperors to worship the heaven.
Our adopted Chinese tour guide, Becky, convinced us to go there instead of the Forbidden City. The day started out with a trip to Wu-Mart with a random Chinese man deciding that since we are western, we need to ...
... and wondered into an off road to get lost. We ended not getting lost but actually closer to everyone's else. Then we decided to walked through uncharted with the entire group. After a few long minutes of "Deep Woods" We came to clearing and it turned out we weren’t anywhere near remotely lost. Just on a very dirty path. If I could have had to more time I would have actually just followed the regular road and saw what the happening ahead.
... br> At noon we boarded our train, the Shangri-La Express a.k.a. Chinese Orient Express that would take us westward through China over the next 5 days. Altogether we had 10 passenger cars, each with 8 cabins, 2 toilets, 2 cabin attendants. We also had 2 staff cars (there seemed to be 100 staff on board!),
2 restaurant cars, each with about 46 seats, a bar car with resident pianist where regular lectures were also to be held. I settled into my cabin, which was ...
... children of diplomats, nearly all of high school age, who get PAID to do menial work around the building. That really frustrated me at first, but it seems that once you're "in" in this field, you're in- and hopefully now I'm more in than out.
Yes, my co-intern and I have met a lot of new faces this week. We've sat in on briefings where the special guest is preparing to meet with top Chinese officials, and wants everyone to fill him in on ...
... understood quite well!! Our first hostel is about a 20 minute walk to Tian'anmen Square so pretty central and we luxed ourselves up with a twin room and en suite which has been very nice after the shared dorms we have been staying in so far. You begin to appreciate very small things whilst travelling, I wouldn't exactly call our room luxury and the bathroom is somewhat basic (shower being just on the wall and you effectively wash over the bog), but it is nonetheless rather ...