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... more pieces of the wall off into the distance. After getting off the wall and going to the silk factory (which was more of just a retail store) we headed back to the markets around our hostel where we each got a lucky jade pendant. I got a horse because I was born the year of the horse and Elijah got a Pixiu which is a mythical animal that has the head of a dragon and the body of a dog and only eats silver, gold and money and is said to bring you wealth ...
... with a lot of drawings, many dated in the 1600s. They were unbelievable. Pictures of geishas and nature. I wish I could have taken pictures of them, but photography is prohibited in the museum.
At around 5, everyone was pushed out because they were closing. A little walk right outside the City (on the opposite side from where we entered) is a hike you walk up with a bunch of stairs, which killed my knees (worth it) until you reach the top. Once you get up there, you ...
... minibus we were supposed to take. So we weren't too sure about what to do. We asked the men about the bus and all they could say was 'No bus, no bus'. They obviously wanted to drive us to the wall for an exorbitant amount of money. After a lot of discussion back and forth we ended up paying considerably less than they asked, but still way too much. So one guy drove us to the wall, and we had agreed for him to wait for us for 2 hours so he could take us back.
When we ...
... showed up. He is such a charming elderly man. We caught up about things.
After our talk, I returned to my room to relax. Greer knocked on my door. She dropped off hot chocolate for me since she heard that I was ill. So sweet of her.
She had to run off to class.
Niaya later showed up and we talked for a few minutes.
Now, I am relaxing and bed resting.
So grateful for all the sweet things people did for me today.
Najung, my roommate, and I woke up this morning and met up with two others in our group-- Yao and Phoenix. With a full free day ahead of us (the seminar doesn't start until tomorrow), we decided to have our own little adventure through the city. After we walked to the subway station, we decided to visit the Temple of Heaven located in the south Dongcheng District. Yao helped us buy subway passes and she and Phoenix were amazing in guiding us. If I had not had ...