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The Hutongs are what I always imagined China to be like before I got here. Granted they are a little bit more touristy than I expected, but that's inevitable in Beijing. Unlike where we are living the Hutongs are full of Western Tourists, and most of the Chinese in the area can speak pretty good English.
Made up of small interconnecting alleyways that remind me of the Brighton Lanes, ...
... than before and the cool breeze of the lake was very welcome as it was a hot day. We saw the courtyard where Cixi had the Guangxu Emperor held under house arrest, with the external windows and all but one of the exits bricked up. We also saw her own courtyard residence with strange, large decorative stones in front of the main building. Such stones seem to have held a fascination because we saw a large display in the Forbidden City. ...
... spaghetti Bolognese was $40 each, the bisques $15 each and the ginger ale $10 each. The manager and a member of the restaurant with an IPad showed me the prices; the charges were correct. The hotel manager told me that while the same kitchen as the room service prepared it; it was the ambience of the restaurant and the service that drove the price up. I think I could have created a lot of ambience someplace else for $130.00…but it was ...
... reviewed. This company pick you up from your hotel in a German Second World War motorbike sidecar and take you to a more secluded section of the wall away from all those pesky tourists! The sidecar ride is amazingly good fun, with both Karen's and my driver racing each other through the streets but that is eclipsed by the views from the Great Wall on a lovely smog free day which are literally breathtaking. We are lucky enough to meet a lovely young ...
... but I really don’t know how to put it into words right now. Walking on the marble path that Emperors have walked on through multiple dynasties, looking inside the palace that where leaders once sat on their throne, overlooking their people, walking through the gardens where the emperor’s family once lived and played—its all still surreal. The pictures help to show, but certainly do not do justice to the wonder of the place. I truly ...