Springs Valley Hotel
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... photos! We were SO glad we paid for the “far away, remote, untouched” part of the wall. The sections we hiked were completely unrestored. So it hadn’t been touched since the 1500’s when it was built. The Great Wall is said to be the world’s longest graveyard. SOOO many died of hunger, thirst, and exhaustion and some were beaten to death if they did take a break or a rest, while building the wall.
We approached the ...
... we would have to leave the train again and wait for an hour. (It turned out to be three hours!). Chinese immigration took place on the train – an official barged into our compartment, switched on the lights, looked us up and down without a smile or a word, took our passports away and returned them some four hours later duly stamped – what he did with the four passports for four hours I do not know!
At Nanning we left our ...
... a few hours off before our dinner meeting. Ana, Brian, and I spent our free time swimming in China World's amazing infinity pool. It was a lot of fun and good to exercise after all of the eating we did at lunch!
After our break, we got ready for a nice dinner with China Southern. We met with Jilly Huang, Account Manager, Wu Tang, Vice Director, and Yao Jie, Account Manager. It was nice to learn about the ...
... total chaos. People can be either friendly and curious about us (we've been asked to pose in a few family portraits already) or rude (jumping in queues is a national hobby). Buying train tickets remain a hard task because spots fill up really quickly. We now have to leave Beijing on Wednesday instead of Monday as there was no tickets left for the next two days (correction we could ride 15hours STANDING if we wanted).
Beijing has a good subway system, only a ...
... granaries of the late Ming and early Qing. Each year, large amounts of grain were brought in from Zhejing Province to the capital and stored in Lumicang District. Hutongs in the area took on the names of the various granaries, names that have stuck to this day. Then there's Xishiku (Western General Warehouse) Alley off Xi' anmennei Street, once called Houku Dajie (Back Warehouse Street) for its 10 warehouses serving the imperial palaces and ...