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... Li) and have my photo taken on an imperial chair.
After seeing all the temple's buildings, I walked through the park and heard some wonderful operatic-style music. It was actually coming from two sources - there were two separate groups of seniors, each singing very uplifting Chinese songs (one group had around 50 singers!), with a conductor and accordion. The accordion surprised me, although the tunes sounded more European than what I ...
... like. Chinese people just think it's fog. You can literally smell and taste the exhaust gross particles in the air. The ratings go: healthy, slightly polluted, protection recommended, unhealthy, hazardous, off the scale/ no rating... Last year my AQI said 700, but the rating was "healthy".... Guess they roll back over to zero! Enjoy ...
... ready for the griller.
Strolled back to the Hotel a different way and observed all of the street vendors trying to sell knickknacks. Reasonably early night as we had a big day planned Tomorrow.
Sunday 2nd June
Caught a Taxi to as close as we could get to Tiananmen Square to start our tour. You are only permitted to be dropped off in a side street approx 300m from the Square although the traffic can drive past, but no stopping!!
... bought a few cookbooks, a kid's book, and a few workbooks for learning that pen cursive that Chinese folks seem to use. I can only write in a very cramped, time consuming printing style that most Chinese people don't even use. The cursive style looks a lot more comfortable to write in. Also bought a microphone to use with my computer to call folks back home on the VoIP, but it doesn't seem to work. Guess that's what I get for only spending 3 bucks on ...
... the day but it was good!
When we exited the Forbidden City at the exit we had seen earlier we had an interesting encounter. A man walked up to us and indicated with his camera that he wanted us to take a photo of him, or so we thought. We quickly realised that he just wanted a photo with the "white guy" so I stood next to him smiled and he got his photo.
On our way to Tiananmen Square Mea tried one of the ice poles that many people seemed to be enjoying. ...