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... into bed instead.
It was fun doing a first day on our own but, with Jason to guide us, today should be a lot less confusing! Initial impressions: people are very nice, smog is not that bad, we seem to have very successfully avoided other westerners (that will change today - going to the Forbidden City), Beijing - traffic, people - is not as crazy as expected and streets are remarkably litter free. And China has an amazing history.
... ride. There seems to be no speed limit whatsoever so hanging on in the back is a must for any passenger.
Everyone for themselves seems to be the phrase.
Eventually after about an hour in the busy Moscow traffic we arrived.
This was where the fun started.
No fecker was willing to help us especially when you started with the phrase do you speak English. The majority of ...
... coffee shop, a Subway and some local Chinese specialties of banana crepes and noodles.
The Great Wall of China was one of the most exciting, breathtaking, memorable and picturesque experiences of my life, of my dreams and of my travelling experience. It certainly is a place I'd return to take in once more the magic it emits. It is best to go with a group to avoid hassle. Take a full camera battery, comfortable shoes and have the experience of your life.
... other visitors may disagree!) We reached the top and were rewarded with the most spectacular views of both the forbidden city and beijing as a whole. Beneath the afternoon haze and scattered clouds we saw beijing stretch out flatly toward the horizon. After a quick trip trough BeiHai park and our first purchase at a local market, we made our way back through the chaotic traffic (which in retrospect, was not nearly as daunting as in Hanoi) to our hotel to prep ...
... woman who later told me she worked at the tax bureau and gave me her numberin case I needed help. :) below us was an older couple and they helped me to put my bags away. We arrived in Beijing and I was hyped just because it was about 75 degrees! It was beautiful the entire weekend I was there! :) it was a blessing being able to see the great wall of China. the pictures will never be able to do it justice of the magnificence and beauty that it beholds. ...