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We are here in Beijing,
The flight was long, but not too bad. The amazing thing about flying at the time of day, and direction we did, is that it never really got dark. As the sun set on the west side of the plane it very quickly became dawn on the east side and that is when we were treated to some of the most amazing snow covered mountain …
... crowd – KAI CLUB. Of course, not before picking up everybody’s must have drink! #bijiao
We’d lost the others to exhaustion, so it was just us 3 – Ben was a Kai Club virgin at this point:
Inside Kai: I applied Sepia to these photos to make it ...
So, here we are, Day 1, well, our first full day anyway! Today we have explored the city of Beijing and my first impressions of sprawling, busy and clean were correct! For the amount of people who live here, its incredibly clean - in fact we hardly saw any litter at all!
After buying some strange little rolls for breakfast (30p - bargain!) we walked towards the impressive expanse of Tian'anmen Square. You have to enter the square by ...
... it. Walked through the Hutong Alleys. Hutong Alley is town with old narrow lanes where many families lives in a "alley". Hutong Alleys was built when Kublai Khan of the Mongol Yuan Dynasty (1279 - 1368) made Beijing capital city. the construction of lanes continued during the Ming and Qing dynasties. Some hutong alleys has been demolished to make room for new developments. Local Pekingese families fought to keep hutong alleys and won. Because ...
... Chinese, with very poor english translations, so we muddled our way through, eventually ordering a bowl of stewed veggies and noodles, and a meat pie, wrapped in dough and pan-fried. Tasty, if wanting salt.
We continued our Hutong wandering, working our way back to the hostel for a nap… which turned into a 3hr sleep again. (Damn jet lag!)
Upon waking, definitely refreshed, we decided to try the town's specialty dish, ...
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