Super 8 (Beijing Daxing Huangcun)
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... in the years prior to that, and required everyone to eat in the Communist “canteens” so that there was equality. (we don’t get the sense that the citizens here are missing that era of history!!).
Interestingly, as we ride through the old city, we pass by several grand old homes that were formerly owned by senior eunuchs in previous emperor’s administrations. This gives us and understanding of why people would become eunuchs ...
Today couldn't have been a better day. The weather was outstanding! Picture perfect and clear. You could see for miles. We drove directly to the Great Wall at Mutianyu and spent a couple of hours admiring the views and walking this country's most famous icon. We tobogganed down and that would have been really fun, but the people in front of us were slow and we couldn't let it rip. We were attacked by the pushy vendors but ended up buying a few cheap souvenirs anyway. Our next stop was ...
... there (the mean dorm lady). I called Ada and asked her to ask the lady to unlock one of the rooms so I could sleep there. When I got back on the phone with Ada, she said the lady couldn't do that and I should try calling Gloria or someone.
So I called Gloria. She talked to the lady and when I got back on the phone with Gloria, she said the same thing: that she can't do that. All this time, I had been standing in the office (she never offered me a seat), getting more and more ...
... After my panda visit I take a quick tour around the rest of the zoo. A lot of animals are not there, presumably because of the cold weather but I do come across a red nosed monkey. Within 5 seconds of reaching his/her (I didn't check) enclosure we accidentally caught eye contact. Without any exaggeration, the monkey then left his/her climbing frame and jumped to attack the glass I was looking through. This monkey wasn't small either and was genuinely trying to attack me. ...
... it was making me baulk, so I bottled it on the scorpions and got some strawberrys and kiwi covered in sugar toffee instead, well away from the stinky tofu.
Not long after I was accosted again by another person wanting to speak English. I was used to the 'guides' by now, as long as you were polite but firm, they wouldn't push their luck with you, but this was no guide - It was a tea girl. Basically they run the same scam as I'd once been caught in when my mates and I went ...
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