Beijing Railway Hotel
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... He also mentioned that there was a side entrance selling the tickets to the Forbidden City next to the showroom. The two of us had been looking for original art pieces and we wanted to avoid the big lines so we obliged. After paying for the tickets and him reassuring us they were for entry to the Forbidden City, he showed us his schools showroom. The artwork was all very beautiful, he then began pulling out his own work and after some consideration we decided on ...
... to be told to go to the ticket line. This involved an hour of queuing in the hot sun ! Needed an ID and luckily my drivers licence was ok. Then back in the other queue. A lot faster though. Well the city was huge and full of open spaces, interspersed with grand halls, surmounted by steps ! So many steps, and so many people on this blue, hot day. Only panicked once when then were people pushing ...
Rachel here :-)
So after a few days of acclimatising ourselves to Beijing our next date with destiny had arrived! Meeting the new tour group. Again, how lucky could we be to meet a group of 10 people and have a great time with them all? Well we're obviously very lucky girls! William, our tour leader, was really good at trying to introduce us all and get to know our names. Funnily enough he struggled with me and Anne, mixing ...
... to Chinese had gone down so much. He was so right. Right now, I don't care to invest anymore in Chinese.
Right after tutoring, I took a two hour nap.
Sleeping was so nice. Just laying in bed was a huge luxury for me. Usually, I am on the go.
In the afternoon, I had a group meeting for a project. When DJ entered the lounge, he literally rolled out of bed.
After my meeting, I ate Thai food with ...
... to form a hutong, and then joining one hutong to another. The word hutong is also used to refer to such neighborhoods.
All seven of us boarded three bicycle rickshaws driven by men with legs of steel. This ride afforded us a chance to see how old Beijing, preserved for its historical old buildings, is still currently used by modern families today. This was a great opportunity for our three kids to see ...