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The day before going to the Great Wall, we booked an English speaking group tour so we could get a better understanding of everything. We booked through a little company in a shop off of the street our hostel was on that specializes in sightseeing tours around the Beijing area. They told us it would 180 yen for each of us (about 28 bucks each) that included a tour bus ride there and back, lunch and an English speaking tour guide. When we arrived at our ...
... even so, we still waited around 30 minutes before entering. Afterwards we made our way to the Forbidden City which was both spectacular, and breathtaking all in one. The sheer grandeur of it all was overwhelming. The Forbidden City was the Chinese imperial palace from the Ming dynasty to the end of the Qing dynasty. It is located in the center of Beijing, China, and now houses the Palace Museum. For almost 500 years, it served ...
... bags which took about an hour. After we packed all of our bags in the bus and met out leader for the next few days, we rode about 30 minutes. It was interesting comparing their streets to ours. A lot more pedestrians, who push their way across the street, barely checking for cars. A lot more bikes. And all types of people ride them. All of the places here have big, bright flashing signs. The drivers are pretty rude, constantly beeping their horns just to get by.
Yesterday, I skyped my friend Tuyet. I told her about me coming down with a cold, but I wanted to go to the Silk Market. "No, Benny," Tuyet said. "You need to rest in bed today."
"I don't want to." I screamed. "It is Sunday."
"You will not be good this week if you don't rest in bed today." Tuyet snapped.
I gave in and rested in bed. Yesterday was not my day. Whenever I am ill, I do not function well. I walked to 7-eleven and my ...
... and practiced this with her husband for 5 minutes prior. Their gazing and smiling at us didn't exactly help their stealth attempts.
The apparent laissez-faire attitude that the chinese have towards toilet-based activities was taken to the next level when we saw a number of children in onesies with large (deliberately-designed) holes round the bum area. I think its safe to assume that this is for one thing and one thing only. If you need to go, ...