Orange Hotel (Beijing Wangjing)
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... on a bicycle or 3 wheeler. They can't offer everything, but it would be easy enough to buy all your daily needs without passing through a doorway. Services too - haircuts, health exams, vehicle repair, even dental work on the sidewalk. The vendors are not exactly legal, but mostly tolerated until they offend a local official. Food is pretty good - noodles, wraps, soup, dumplings - a breakfast, lunch or dinner might cost $2 with a beverage.
The train ride to Beijing was lovely and uneventful, I arrived at 21:40. I was surprised at how little I remembered about Beijing, the metro map looked totally unfamiliar. Nevertheless I got to my stop okay and found the street of my hostel without too much difficulty. The hostel was meant to be 400m from the station, and after about 200m I came to a Youth Hostel sign, only to find that the building was filled with rubble. I actually remember thinking "I'm glad I'm not staying ...
... others. My professor gave us a quick glare. When we returned to our classroom, my professor explained that Chinese people find it weird if people sit on dirty floors like the hallway. I told her that people back in America do that.
After class, I got breakfast and soy milk. I relaxed in my room for a bit. Then I ran off to my afternoon class.
I ate Korean food for dinner.
... emptying (and they have bins for recycled and non recycled items) and to brush the paths and areas inside temples etc to keep them spotless. I have not seen any graffiti, no visible vandalism and people do not litter!! All of the gardened areas are kept so immaculate that people sleep in some of them!
The Temple of Heaven is exquisite and once again words can never do any of it justice. We spent most of our time walking around soaking up the ...
Our hotel is very good, Yuan Hotel in the you'anmen neighborhood of Beijing. It's close to the firefighters museum and one of the canals. Everything worked well except the Wi-Fi. So, today the 28 I am writing this blog to make up for the days of silence that I had.
Our group arrived very slowly. Some had taken the pre-trip to Shanghai and some arrived jet lagged from different destinations, Boston, Saint ...