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Travel Blogs from Beijing
I returned to my room and just lay in my room. Bored out of my mind. Bethany wechatted me. I expressed to her that I was so bored. She suggested that I should check out Qianmen because it had cool alleys and street food.
I googled Qiamen and turned out that it was the subway station for a placed called Zhengyangmen.
After quickly looking up what subway lines to take, I quickly left my room.
When I was exiting west ...
... We walked quite a distance in the street, now one of those vying for street space with cars, bikes and scooters. It was an interesting area, the guide called a bar street. Lots of sofas outside creating seating areas outside of each bar. Red, purple sofas, very colorful. Walked up one side crossed over bridge and down the other. The guide seems to be getting upset, we might arrive too late. This new side of the lake is nicer homes. Down the street we go, the ...
... studio, which is definitely not open to the public. Even with Prof. Vinograd's status, we had to fight our way in for even fifteen minutes.
But fight our way in we did. I was awed by the private quarters. Hidden near the back of the City (or at least what I thought was the back of the City), Qianlong created this series of rooms for his personal enjoyment after stepping down from the throne. After we deposited our bags in ...
... dead of creepy night at 3am looking for the international departures terminal that was 'only 700m' away! When we did eventually get to the terminal, we just wanted a rusty old bench to lie on, but the security didn't want to let us in as they were confused, by a) our English and b) our flight itinerary. After MUCH backwards and forwards, we were finally let into the terminal and we grabbed the very last 2 benches there were and settled in for the night!
Chinese culture, this tidbit is truly surprising.
After lunch, the groups migrated to a
local bar and played some of the most intense foosball I have seen in
my life. We had to play with a tennis ball on a tilted table, but it
was more emotional than the last Olympic Games to us. The pre-planned
leadership games were a nice touch...but when it comes down to it,
the games found in the typical college bar are where true
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