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... restaurants with very little traffic going through them). We had to catch the subway there which was quite easy to do. Ww went the wrong way when we left the station at first and had to double back. I bought a fan and Leonie bought a printed cushion cover at a photo place. Leonie also got seven small fans and the young man threaded them together for her so she could hang them. He didn't charge any extra. We sat and watched him while he did it. He was ...
... had been breaking metal rods on my head. Luckily this was only a 60 minute "opera highlights show" still it was intriguing to watch and I am glad we went. In between all that culture there was the small matter of visiting the largest wall on the planet! The Great Wall no less. It does not disappoint my friends. An immense structure that seems to stretch on and on in the middle of very picturesque scenery. And we were lucky enough to go and see it on ...
... that is probably because there are so many Chinese!
Beijing is a city of contrasts; there is corporate and government money in beautiful flash buildings and many many Audi's. Then there are the 'common' people (as they call themselves) and sweep the streets all day, sell food on the street or run little shops. There are not many real poor people though and everyone has a house and a job.
Beijing has had a booming house market but ...
... The performers were talented and I really enjoyed watching.
After class today we are going to the Silk Market. It is supposed to be nicer than the Pearl Market, but i'm sure there will still be lots of knock-offs. It is entertaining to bargain with the salespeople and we have been told to make our first offer at 10% of their asking price. ...
... have strong opinions about human rights issues and
other political concerns. We can live well and peacefully in China but
it is important to stay "under the radar" no matter what our opinions.
We are visitors here.
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