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Travel Blogs from Beijing
... on the open road for our next stop, the Temple of Heaven. I can't remember this much apart from it was nice and I took pictures there. Oh it was also roasting hot, about 30 degrees. I'm gonna say a bit about the weather now, I came out expecting a standard 25 max but everyday was hotter and hotter. There was no wind or anything so you would just sweat all the time, hey not that I'm complaining, the heat was good but sometimes a bit too much, more on that as we go by ...
... Surrounded by a 25metre wide water-filled moat and huge walls over which nothing can be detected from outside, it was built 800 years ago but was only open to the public in 1927, despite the last emperor having been overthrown in 1911. I can fill this entry with many other facts but the overriding impression of the palace was one of order, precision and control. It has 4 directional gates, north south east & west, and the emperor ...
... Also, there's the language issue. Even though our language pledge is over, snippets of Chinese keep slipping out. Even my English is getting messed up: I keep using Chinese syntax when I speak English (last week I said "I gave her a listen" and three days ago I even said "I am so disappointing." I swear I'm not the only one having this problem; Audrey recently said "there's so many food"). Of course there are lots of things ...
... are constantly using Facebook to keep in touch with friends and family, but in China the government have just about blocked the site and several others which are similar including Youtube and Hotmail. Even emails are monitored by 30,000 government staff. Not sure what they are looking for exactly, my emails would bore them to tears.
Towards the end of our visit, we paid a visit to the Olympic Village where China held the games in 2008. It had that air ...
... we were still able to communicate to each other. When we finally got home I got to meet my sister, 雅涵, she was so sweet and spoke English very well. By the end of the night I was so exhausted I fell asleep instantly.
Overall, I had a great first day in Beijing; the excitement of being in a whole new city is indescribable. I can't wait for the new adventures to come and the difficulties that will come with it! So bring on the ...
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- Continental Breakfast
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Fitness/Health center