Beijing Shijingshan HNA Grand Hotel
Travel Blogs from Beijing
... would be a bigger problem than stopping now. I had noticed a spot a little way back where people were taking a path down, so I asked Mah if it would be alright if I started going down. He was mostly concerned that I was going to be okay, not disappointed that I didn’t make it as far as the others, which helped me feel a little better. Mostly I was upset with myself for ‘giving up.’
I made my way back to the spot where I thought I saw the staircase down, ...
... What an amazing day. Around every new turn that is what I said. I sounded like a record player with a scratch constantly repeating. Joe the tour guide arrived at 8am and we loaded ourselves into the minivan for our 2 hour drive to the wall. Joe talked all the way about the age and the dynasty's responsible for the Great Wall. His English was exceptional and we had no trouble whatsoever in understanding him. He had a nice nature and the kids took to him straight away. ...
... to consider was the noise. The number of
people around and the fact our room was right next to the stairs
meant it was quite noisy at night but then we only really noticed it
one out of seven nights so it couldn't have been that bad!
So, having settled in, we headed back out onto the tube to find
Beijing South Station to see where we would need to go to catch our
train to Shanghai and to pick up our tickets for it. Wow. Beijing
South is massive and ...
... the collection of pagodas on the way to the top. See the pictures for the view from the summit. Amazing. We wandered through the park for a good chunk of time, watching people playing the Chinese version of hackey-sack using something looking like a feathered badminton birdie. We saw people dancing, both Chinese traditional dance, and modern ballroom. We saw kids running and playing, and parents chasing. There was a musical performance that we heard ...
Chinese woman also have the BEST SHOES. I have no idea where they are getting all these beautiful, colorful high heels, but I'm so jealous. And it still baffles me how they wear stilettos all day to work.
And my last thought for now, starbucks is ridiculously expensive. It is 30 yuan which roughly converts to $5, for a TALL!!! But oh well, gotta have some American fix. ...