Travel Blogs from Beijing
... feature of the day was to finally tick a mahoosive box and walk on the Great Wall. It was another one of those moments where it seems very surreal to be there. You are so familiar with the image that you feel you know the place and yet you have never been. We arrived at a spot which although had other tourists there was not that busy, which I was pleased about, and after being told we had 2 hours to explore I shot off up the steps to what I thought ...
At the library, there was an art show. Mostly reproductions of Van Gogh and Chinese calligraphy.
In the library, I quizzed myself over the characters, but I struggled to remember. Then I ran into Tracy. We talked for a bit. She gave me some advice about some things. The interaction with her taught me that the phrase, "Listen to your elders." is very true.
Once I was done at the library, I walked back to my room to chill.
... side of the street before entering. We got to the locker and just back in time to get in the queue. We walked solemnly through and into the Memorial Hall where he is lying in a glass coffin - looking well I have to say - so much so that Anna and the kids thought that he was a wax figure - sacrilege I would say and given the censoring in China, I didn't dare even write up such a thing until I was out of the country!
We then crossed the square in ...
... thing. I'm realizing that I do not speak Chinese as well as I imagined myself to be able to. Most of it is just nerves when talking to strangers, but also I just don't know a lot of words. I probably sound like this: "Hello, can you speak English? No, okay. I am try to find South Building are you familiar? Sorry, can you talk a little slower? I hear but don't understand." Gesturing is maybe still a more effective form of communication for now...
... is cast in this heavy particulate pall. My taxi driver called it “mist”, but it’s
unlike any mist I’ve encountered before. I took me the entire night to get used to,
and I flew in after a few days in Los Angeles, mind you. I’ve noticed it from time to time throughout
the day, and have also noticed how many locals here seem to breathe in short
two-part sniffs, and the prodigious amount of phlegm in ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
- Room service
- Swimming pool
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Wheelchair accessibility
- Fitness/Health center
- Business Services
The Ascott offers serviced apartments. Good value given the additional space when renting an apartment, but still having access to concierge services, gym, pool, jacuzzi, steam room, sauna and even grocery services. Good breakfast as well.
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