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The temple of heaven park has been one of my favorite places to visit in
Beijing so far. Very big like the forbidden city, but not
overcrowded. It's the ideal sight to see inside a city as a tourist;
you can see ancient architecture and museums to do touristy stuff, or
you can relax somewhere in the park, or drink tea at a tea house. It is
primarily a park, so it's quite relaxing everywhere, but it also has
... This time the teachers bought a few things guided by the expert bargaining power of the students! Another impressive meal for dinner - this time we enjoyed lots of vegetable, meat, noodle and rice dishes and shared jokes around the table. Then to the evening highlight - a Kung Fu show! The students were awed by a display of martial arts, dance and acrobatics. Back to the hotel to catch up on some rest! Please visit this entry later for ...
... massive open spaces, small exhibition halls and finally the Emperor's garden. Once we entered through the Gate of Supreme Harmony, it was a series of wow moments, even though I have been here before. After exiting at the north gate, we took a cycle rickshaw to explore the Hutong district nearby. These historic alleyways date back to the Qing dynasty (I think) and contain clusters of small homes once inhabited by workers at the forbidden city, as well ...
... spit and hawk everywhere, mainly the old guys hawk, and I mean everywhere, it is one of the most disgusting habits I have come across. Also the toilets, where do I start, they are a hole in the ground, some have western toilets but very few and generally they totally stink, oh yeah what's toilet paper and soap - they have never heard of these things!
Writing this diary retrospectively I realise that going to a major tourist attraction on a Saturday ...
... us that European tourist numbers have dropped significantly. As this is his main way of earning a living, we are hoping it is a temporary lull and numbers will improve as the summer season develops.
Much as I love China, I do find the sheer number of Chinese a bit overwhelming at times, so after about three hours at the Palace, we decided to call it a morning.
At lunchtime we met up with Vicky, another former student of mine who has ...