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The Forbidden City was built at the beginning of the 15th century, It was a good time for the Chinese. The native Ming dynasty had taken back China from the Mongols a few years before. Their 3rd emperor, Zhu Di, Son of Heaven, Emperor on Horseback, an ambitious and eccentric ruler steered a political, intellectual, military and economic colossus on a course of unprecedented international commerce and culture.
China had benefited enormously from ...
... want to do that." I explained. "I grew up with Chinese parents. So did not want to do that again. My parents would ask me, 'Where are you going? When will you be back? Who are you going with?'"
"Chinese parents are strict." Kelsey said. "My Chinese friend wasn't allow to have sleepovers."
"I could do sleepovers since I was a boy." I said. "My parents leave me alone since I am in college. I am happy with my Chinese roommate and that I could come home anytime."
... spot about 40 mins from the center of Beijing. Summer Palace is a big lake with a massive building built on the hills over looking the lake, back in the day you probably could have seen all of Beijing, but with the smog there you can only see about 5 km or so. I also wouldn't swim there but again back in the day it would have been magic. We took a pedal powered boat, rather than a motorboat saving all of $1 each, thanks whining Russian girls, out on the lake and pedaled round ...
... Chinese and knows where things are is s little more difficult but people are very nice about trying to communicate with us. Day 3. A good, relaxing day after many a not relaxing day. We started out the day with a trip to the silk market which is always enjoyable then walked through the embassies streets to Ritan park. We walked around for a bit and found a man flying a kite with a really cool contraption for the string. We just sat and watched him for about an hour and ...
... mid price to luxury...Not able to squeeze another item into my luggage curbed any desire to purchase but the window shopping was excellant... so was the respite from the freezing temps outside.. The stores have mega thick heavy (maybe lead lined) curtains blocking the cold as well as the traditional doors,
Coffee stop at one of the many Starbucks and it's back to the subway... All subway stations have security scanners for handbags etc.. and with only five ...