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... Badaling and other more famous parts of the wall. If this wall had happened to be built in England, health and safety officials would have had a field day. To start with, they would have decorated the wall with luminous warning signs for people with Attention Deficit Disorder. If I had lost my concentration for a second, I would not have seen the sudden drops in time, with steps so steep I would have almost certainly tumbled down them and broken ...
An early start today. Wake up call at 6.30 to be on the road by 8am. Happily, despite the late night last night, no one had too much trouble waking. First stop- a jade museum. I have to say, as much as I do resent the part of touring which means you are captive in a touristic shop, I did find it interesting to learn about how jade is worked. Apparently, it is an inherited profession in which only men can be carvers, and only women polish the ...
... on their scooters pipping their horns tryng to drum up sales.
After about 90 minutes the traffic strated moving in fits and starts - we were able to get from the outside lane to the hard shoulder (full of wagons as well) and gradually, after 2 hours managed to exit the traffic jam. We were told that it happens because too many wagons are trying to get down the expressway and through the toll at the end - but why we ...
I was sick this morning. Just sniffles and occasional cough. Hopefully it won't get worse.
After another fabulous breakfast, we headed for the tombs of the Ming Emperors. The path to the tomb is called the Sacred Way. Kevin called it a leisurely stroll and gave us 30 minutes to meet him on the other side. After a little building with a statue of what looked like a dragon turtle in it, a tree-lined stone path way 3 cars wide stretched in a straight line as far as ...
... for sale.
Olympic Village for Beijing Summer Games 2008. We drove by enroute.
Darkness was settling as we arrived here. A Chinese tea ceremony (not the wedding kind) with tea history and trade, proper brewing and tastings in a private room. Lots of different tea and elaborate tea sets for sale. Sophie purchased a selection of tea, bargaining hard.
It was almost 20:00 when we got back to ...