The Emperor Beijing Forbidden City
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We landed in Beijing at 1:05am, tired from almost no sleep, anticipating an hour wait for customs but no delay at all, speedily through the customs and bag collection, easy peasy. Our driver was waiting with our cardboard name sign and drove at a good speed to our funky hotel. The snaps show our room, the lobby is orange but every hall is another …
... back down. We have to stop every few minutes just to step back and look around us. Totally surreal. On top Cian is waiting for us, high above us looking down over the wall! Dad climbs to the highest point and takes more photos. A few minutes break, cookies eaten we head back down. Des and Cian take off in front but Cliona and Miriam have other plans. Half way down we decide to do some dancing, as you do. Miriam does the highland fling while Cliona films and cliona ...
... made and
then make you stay there for 40 minutes so you window shop and maybe do
more at prices that are higher for the visitors and where the guide gets
a cut. It’s all interesting, but not when there’s so much else to do
This is always the push-pull in China, yet our guide also was less than helpful when we tried to find a restaurant for a farewell dinner for the whole group and instead sat in her seat doing
... underneath the metro station. Once inside the bus station we were shortly accosted by a friendly staff member of the bus company who insisted on assisting us onto the correct bus. We were slightly bemused; courtesy of this nature was a rare occurrence in China, however we did not doubt her good intentions and followed suite.
We had barely endured an hour on the bus when our friendly acquaintance indicated that we needed to alight in order to achieve our ...
... too well with the parents, but they understand and they’re patient with me. Most of the time Chunzi (my sister) will translate for me. She can understand my poor Chinese better than anyone so I’m really lucky I have her.
During Chun Jie we stayed at their home in Pinggu and celebrated with jiaozi and fireworks. This is where I first met Dudu, my little brother. His english name is Prince lol, he’s such a ham. Just look at his pictures.