Beijing Phoenix Palace Hotel
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... am very proud at my age the oldest in this group by a long way that I have been able to complete the arduous challenge, thanks mainly to my good friend and trainer Jenny Kent who keeps me focused and positive.This has been the toughest physical challenge I have ever done. Our local guide Martin, early in the trip tried to convince us on the virtues of communism / capitalism saying that there was in China very little difference !! Evidence of tight control is not far ...
... for us of everyone’s favourite Chinese dishes. We’re getting to know the best dishes. Egg and tomato is usually cooked in the fat of some meat and is superb. Eggplant is cooked in many, many different ways, so consequently, it’s never the same twice, I think I like it battered eggplant best. Beef has not been too successful here as Pork, chicken and duck are the staple meats.
... to me. I don’t have the discipline to memorize all the movements. I have the same problem with yoga. I have trouble remembering the difference between my Shavasana and my Tāḍāsana. I stopped to take a few pictures before we moved on to the first entry gate.
This temple complex is a bit different from all the others I have seen so far. This one has the standard pagoda all of the others have, but its main attraction is ...
... to visit.
Then it was back to work after CNY break. But the fun did not stop and more faces from home popped up in Beijing. The Lumineers were playing!!! Many people from ISB went to the concert and it felt so good to see and hear these guys who remind me so much of home. Another highlight for sure!
Valentine's Day coincided with the end of CNY and with that comes massive amounts of fireworks....again! ...
... way of life and neighbourhood. Many traditional areas have been replaced with high rises. Fortunately this one is being preserved. To give a bit of context as to why they are so special, these houses (living, kitchen, bedroom) in their entirety range in size from between 4m2 - 14m2 and sleep two adults and one child. They are through a door in the alleyway. Depending on how many meter-boxes are outside, determines how many 'houses' are in each complex - many have 10. ...