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Hot pot - A big pan of boiling broth that has been filled with chillies and spices. You then have a choice from a selection of meats that have been marinated and prepared on sticks that you then cook yourselves in the broth. This is then finished off by shoving in a ...
... in the area as multiple Chinese families stopped us to have their photos taken with us. We really were the only white people around. The forbidden city was absolutely incredible: huge open spaces, intricately decorated buildings and a beautiful garden at the end. The only down side was that it then took us over an hour to find the exit as there were not any exit signs, nor English speaking people, that we could see at ...
... food was sent spinning around. If you were fast you could grab it as whirled by or you could be polite and wait your turn.
We were treated to a tea ceremony, explaining the whys and wherefores of tea preparation.
To round out the day, we all posed for silly pictures dressed as ancient Chinese emperors. ...
... bus from the wall, or get a toboggan... The Toboggan was the obvious choice. I met 2 European guys on the tour and went down with them trying to do it as fast as we could. However, we soon caught up with the people in front, so had to stop for a while so we had space in front of us to go fast again. The problem was your not allowed to stop and one of the officials watching the track was very unhappy with us disobeying the rules and after 10 long seconds of stopping and ...
... the sesame sauce was a must, to season the food coming out of the hot pot. All-told, a bit boring in flavour, as the broth was very bland, but a fun and interactive experience and well worth repeating. We had a great time, and rolled out of the restaurant, back to the hostel, and crashed shortly after.
Wednesday, September 5
Determined to make more of a go at the day, we got up bright and early, and headed towards Tiananmen Square. In lieu ...
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