The Ritz-Carlton Beijing Financial Street
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... had a little giggle at the lines of faded safety tape spread across the 600 year old marble roadway. The scale if this palace is immense. The awe it must have instilled in those meeting the emperor - and the hubris it may have engendered in the occupants - is still evident. We passed through the emperors garden and came out at the back of the palace. Rising up behind it is a man made mountain, created by the earth excavated to create the ...
... dedicated to feasting or marital/concubine duties, gargantuan bronze and gold plated (although that was stolen in the early 20th century by the British, the audio guide tells me) jars were filled with water as the city's defence against fire and massive stone carvings had been crafted from entire blocks of stone brought in from other provinces. The Chinese ingenuity never ceases to amaze and I was impressed to hear of their planning the stone's epic journey to the ...
... back home: despite being just a five minute walk from the hostel we must have spent over half an hour trying to dodge puddles and hide as much as possible from the torrential rain. We took shelter in shops more than once, as locals laughed at our drenched appearances, and at one point Gemma lost her shoe and half her leg to a particularly deep puddle. We eventually made it back to the hostel to dry off as the rain continued, and thunder echoed around the ...
... them to run along, we didn't want their *******n expensive tea. Feeling a lot more satisfied but more chilly we caught the subway back and got into the warm.
So that's the story up until 2 days ago. I'll leave Jack to fill you in on the highs and lows of our journey to the quiet village of Gubeikou tomorrow! From horrid hustlers to sweet swedes, it's been an adventure so be sure to tune in!
That's all folks, tata for now! Happy reading :)
... we met up the two Spaniards again and also Sandra joined us, a Dutch girl taking a week off in Beijing before returning home from working in Shanghai on the World Expo expedition. We all went out to dinner and enjoyed hanging out in a particularly Chinese part of town where the 7 of us where kind of an attraction to the locals in the main square. We must have had our photos taken about 15 times haha... it makes you feel famous being a Westerner. Good fun. ...
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