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... to make it to the next level. Well, level up, because I got to my hotel only 45 minutes after leaving the airport. Those poor sods in line for a taxi were probably still waiting.
Of course, I feel terribly illiterate here in China. Not being able to read the signs means that I'm at the mercy of translations and pre-arranged directions. I had a similar feeling in Japan, but there, everything was very efficient and organized and quite a few people spoke some English. ...
What a busy start!
So I've finally managed to get a start on writing this whilst watching a thunderstorm from my 15th floor balcony.
As I have been here for over three weeks, I will quickly bring everything up to speed.
The adventure kind of got of to nerve racking start with an airport pick up from a Chinese man who couldn't speak a word of English and didn't know where my hotel was!
Anyway after the hotel fiasco was ...
... and social wallpaper can define an experience in itself. In Cuba for example, while the visuals were amazing and the people were lovely, I couldn't help but be affected by witnessing the way people have to live their lives. Seeing little old ladies being intimidated by police isn't something that tends to spark a journal chapter full of gushing commentary on how 'wonderful' everything is. Before Cuba, I had been willing to give Communism a fair trail but It failed miserably and I ...
... Wall" day for me. We went to Jinshanling, which is about two hours away from Beijing actually just in the neighbouring province. There are nearer sections of the wall but they are much busier and more touristic. It was great to get away to peace and clean air ! This section is one of the best preserved, and although parts are 600 years old much is the work of recent renovation. Walking the wall is not easy. It follows the paths of the hills and there are many steep ...
... for a while we stumbled across a huge shopping centre that had all of the named designer shops along with a food hall that had many local food establishments as well as a good few western ones too. Pizza hut was the chosen one for that evening and fortunately the menu had a picture of each item on it which allowed us to order food by lots of pointing. The menu was vast with not only pizza but loads of pasta's, soup’s, salads, chicken, steak etc.