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It was a green and cool refuge from the heat and bustle of the city.
We learned some basic Tai Chi at the Temple of Heaven – where the
emperors went to make sacrifices twice a year. We took a rickshaw
ride through one of the city's hutongs . These are old communities
with tiny, tight houses on alleys, no indoor plumbing (only public facilities).
The homes are centrally located so they continue to be passed ...
... t look so un appetising, but so far it all tastes pretty good. I have even impressed myself with my ability to use chopsticks, I haven’t once asked for a fork even when we have been given them when eating out. Tour day was an intense but incredible day. Starting with a trip to the Great Wall which was amazing but painful we attempted to pack as much sightseeing into one day as possible. Climbing up the wall was incredibly difficult as all of the steps ...
... 99 rooms with multiple courtyards and palace buildings.
I was finally able to sit down for a moment, when a Chinese woman grabbed me by the arm and dragged me over to her friend in order to have a picture taken with me. Evidently, being blonde is very rare and cause for instant notoriety. Then her friend wanted a turn. I should have charged a fee and defrayed some of the cost of this trip! ...
... If I wanted to drop a lot of money for an item, I would buy the real thing.
After shopping, we ate KFC. It was pricey and the food was more spicy than the ones in America.
On the subway back, Karena grabbed onto my arm since there was nothing for her to hang onto. An older man was staring at us. I did not care because I did not want Karena to fall from the movement of the train.
As we were leaving the subway station, one woman allowed her child ...
... Palace Museum. For almost 500 years, it served as the home of emperors and their households, as well as the ceremonial and political center of Chinese government. Unfortunately, to us it was just another Shrine. It was quite late by the time we left there so we grabbed a really nice curry in a close-by restaurant before heading back to the hostel.
Our last day was excellent. We made it to The Great Wall by bus with no hassle at all ...