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... into China, a complete reality check on perceptions verses what is happening for real in the China market. The concerns for Chafta not being pushed through and the dangers thereof and many other aspects of the China market that I have no heard elsewhere. It was gold and three hours over coffee well spent. I gave them each some Tasmanian honey as a thank you and they offered to assist in any way to make Tasmania a success.
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... The room was a little dark and not as clean as one might have hopped for but hey there was internet in the room so all you bloggees should have been receiving picture updates. After a much needed shower, a trip to the bank and general sorting out we were off to see the city. Xian is the cultural capital of China, Beijing political and Shanghai commercial. Xian is also our guide's home town. He whipped us off to the city walls and a park taking frequent public buses. ...
After freshening up with a shower and change of clothes we headed out to the Temple of Heaven. This necessitated a two-stop trip on the Beijing underground, which bizarrely only lets you buy a 2 yuan single ticket for use from the station of purchase on the day of purchase. When the ticket machines only take 10 yuan notes, this means a fair amount of queuing at the ticket offices to avoid getting even more 1 yuan notes in change.
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... had gloves and scarves and thermal pants under our jeans. I was wearing my gorgeous pink and purple beanie (Tina calls it my bling hat). BTW, I had my first photo request!!! Somewhere (possibly Korea) there will be a photo of me on the Great Wall in my orange jacket and Bling Hat - so there! We had a hot drink once we safely got back to the start and then off to a Jade Factory. We saw the craftsmen carving the jade and then (of course) ...
A trip to China would not be complete without a day spent at the Great Wall of China. So on Tuesday, we woke up real early and marched (half-asleep) to our little tour bus and set out for the Great Wall at 7 a.m.! Our driver wanted to leave extra early in hopes of beating some of the Beijing morning rush hour traffic. (The traffic here is unbelievable. But I suppose that's unavoidable when 30,000,000 people live in one ...