Raffles Beijing Hotel
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- Free High-Speed Internet
- Swimming pool
- Room service
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... t know how to drive. There are no such things as "being polite to other drivers". Driving in China is all about throwing your car into the crowd, passing through red lights and honking like ALL THE TIME. And what I didn't know, it was only the beginning! Haha
We refreshed ourselves and decided to have lunch (we arrived in the morning). Imagine eating French fries after a night out and you know how eating at that hour felt like for me: in the Netherlands the local time ...
... or so I thought!!
After leaving the palace grounds, we decided to look for Wangfujing street to do some shopping. It took us a while but we finally found it. It was pretty hard to miss, the crowds were worse than the Forbidden City!! The food that China is famous for could be found everywhere... on a stick. We saw scorpions and other creepy crawlies, snakes and starfish, and even small birds that looked about the same size as the ones flying around the ...
... to view the ceremony I have to say that I am not overall impressed with this event. I feel it is an opportunity for networking and schmoozing rather than observing the day in itself, particularily because only the business elite and embassy affiliations are invited while civilians like me need to beg to enter. Particularily when I am laying my poppy on ...
... 1,5 metres up, and the entire wheelbase changed to fit the Chinese standards. Eventually, though, all 18 wagons had brand new wheels, and on we rolled, into China.
At 14:00 we rolled into Beijing central station, to be greeted by our local Chinese guide, who had taken the western name Claire. Backpacks sticking out everywhere, we annoyed the locals by taking a more than crowded metro through the bustling city. With just about a day and a half to explore the Chinese capitol, we ...
... out to be a huge plate of garlic bulbs! I couldn't stop laughing!! Even when I think of it now, I find it hilarious. I couldn't even imagine the look on his face haha.
Thomas got dropped off at the Lama Palace on the way back, so while he was there, I uploaded and organized my photos onto my harddrive so that I can hopefully post them in the next couple days. When he got back, we all walked over to a restaurant and got some dinner. We underestimated how much food we ordered, ...