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... including the enormous 25m Buddha carved from one sandalwood tree. Huge! (There is a little certificate from the Guinness Book of Records to confirm this is true!!)
We put incense in one of the braziers in front of the first temple,turned a few prayer wheels, saw the monks and generally had a good look around the temple.It is very elaborate and the decoration very grand. The largest pavilion housing the scriptures and where the monks recite their prayers, is double ...
Will and I worked in the Beijing office most of the day and then had to
go to Beijing North train station to buy tickets for our train back to
Nanjing on Sunday, as the man in the ticket booth close to the office
would not sell them. We have been told that ticket offices are not
allowed to sell tickets to foreigners any more, but our colleagues tell
us that the booth near our office in Nanjing is still fine.
got on ...
... even the main road between these two iconic places is blocked off by police. Funny enough because there were loads of people trying to see the spectacle that we ended up watching from behind a guy who was filming it on his iPad. Though the size of the square is impressive in its self at 440,000 square meters, lit up at night it was even more spectacular! Then we were off again for Cathy's search of the perfect meal, The classic Beijing dish, Peking ...
... vibrant area full of lights, bars and clubs with people from all walks of life. Last night we headed to Wu club, it was ladies night meaning it was free drinks all night. The music there was awesome, a mash of the newest hits and golden oldies. Sheisha and endless taxis at the end of the night were also a bonus - as well as toilet paper!
My favourite night so far was the Tuesday quiz night at The ...
... Square. Security was almost intimidating. We visited the mummified ´Chairman Mao´, which, like Ho Chi Minh´s Mausoleum in Vietnam, was both inspiring due to the reverence of the visiting Chinese, and just plain spooky. Imagine seeing Thatcher lying in a glass coffin 30 years after her death, and you´ll know what we mean!
We explored the city, seeing the Temple of Heaven, the Birdsnest (Olympic Stadium) and the CCTV (aka ...