Oriental Culture Hotel
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... measures, I looked to the areas of holistic and integrative medicine along with many ancient traditional views from the east in terms of medicine. What I like about these views is that in terms of our health, the person is looked at as a whole - the mind, body, spirit complex and how all these parts affect the mental, physical and spiritual aspects of our being. Yesterday, I had a bad reaction to my fibromyalgia which hasn't happened in awhile. I have ...
... and fortune from the Jade. We learned today that most Chinese are atheists, a small amount practice Buddhism, and they are all very, very superstititious - they take fung shei and the Chinese horoscope/calender very seriously. Numbers, especially, are important. 6 is good luck. 8 is good fortune. 4 is death. You can pay hundreds of dollars for a cell phone number with 6 and 8s in it. Our guide paid $450, 12 years ago for his cell phone number which ...
... pearl sellers. This was a typical tourist trap - I was under the impression that we'd see oysters with pearls in them. But no, we saw a pearl shop, were given a little bit of knowledge about pearls, and invited to look around the jewellery. As we had no intention to buy we said thank you and goodbye, politely. Not without another memorable toilet stop. (This time lily Rose's turn to have to find a way to chuckle at herself) and not without ...
... by square walls. Also, everything was 3 levels high symbolizing Heaven on top, Earth on the bottom, and the Emperor's Empire in the middle connecting heaven and earth. It was believed Beijing was the center of the Universe and the Altar was the heart of Beijing. At the center of the altar was a circle stone slab called the Heart of Heaven, where the Emperor would pray for good weather by speaking to the heavens.
Our tour guide saved the Temple of Heaven for the end ...
... items he could give away as gifts to friends. Eeling and Jackie joined us at the market at around 11AM, they were surprised to see how busy the place was.
The first stop of course were the Chinese paintings and calligraphy. Afterwards we split off and wandered around the various locations. I personally had my eye on some walnuts for juggling in one's own hands. It was an old Beijing habit of exercising your fingers, I figured it to be ...