The Lakeview Hotel
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... Beijing is a huge tourist area... it's not like we are the only foreign girls walking around... but that didnt seem to matter.
After we were done playing president pretend celebrities (kiss the baby, smile for a picture, wave) we took a left into the gardens. Unfortunately part of the Forbidden City is under construction right now and we accidentally went through the wrong side, so after a fairly long detour past some paddle boats and a beautiful park we ended up outside ...
... to visit the Temple of Heaven south of the Forbidden City, Beijing's largest park (at about 257 Ha around 75% of Hyde Park in London). Basically this is a religious complex begun in the Ming dynasty under the Yongle Emperor in the early 1400s. Several times a year, the emperor would be carried in his 12 metre sedan chair (36 bearers, golden spittoon -in case the emperor is feeling chesty.) from the Forbidden City to the temple complex in order to pray to Heaven for successful ...
... before I stopped and rested in the shade. Quite a few of the group did not make it any further, but Rob attempted to climb to the top, but at each tower there was alway more to go. Coming down was not nice as it was so steep.
Just before the exit we followed a sign for toilets, which went past terracotta warriors (live size copies), sedan chair, bell and a lovely temple before we finally made it to the toilets.
Lunch was ...
... and do my homework, then shower.
12. I eat dinner at about 6:30 (usually at the cafeteria)
13. I meet up with my language partner and we work on our English/Chinese from 7 pm until about 9 pm.
14. I go home and get ready for bed at about 10pm.
15. Wash, rinse, repeat.
So anyway, this is a normal weekday for me. Weekends I usually end up doing some sightseeing with my language partner ...
... designated for a new Chinese Navy for a Stone Boat for her pleasure. This event probably sealed the fate of Qing dynasty and paved the road for the revolution of the Republic of China. Beijing is a city full of history yet not without a flare for modern architecture wonders like the Bird Nest and the Aquatic Center built for 2008 Olympic. Our last lunch at Beijing was the popular “Bean Paste Noodle” (炸酱面）favore d by ...