The Twenty-First Century Hotel
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... and Maria came around and toasted
all of us in turn. Mike and I first (eldest and all that), then her
parents, then Mac and so on down the line. Maria has acted a
translator for the most part so communications are slow and there is
lots of smiling and agreeable nodding – and toasting.
That's it for now.
Perhaps I'll let Lindsay write about the wedding as she saw more of
it while Mike and I were part of the action.
... to the Wall. Super scary. The rocks and steps were really steep. After awhile, WE MADE IT! Then it was a lot more hiking up to the camping site. Total hike time was probably about an hour and a half. It was so beautiful. The mountains are so pretty. I could not believe I was standing on the
Great Wall of China! Such an amazing experience.
... three different documents: passports, arrival card, and declaration card. Each time they passed by they asked me to write my name in Chinese next to my passport name. I have no idea why they do this.
Anyway, it all ended well since we all got free meal tickets for breakfast and lunch. The breakfast is only between 7-8am and lunch from 10am – noon. It was extremely hot and stuffy on the train that ...
... we are whisked away to lunch. A few people take the optionally tour after lunch of visiting a Hutong family house on ricks haw, 7 of us don't. I am feeling average now and take the opportunity to have a sleep. Dinner is across the road and is fantastic, despite me losing most of my sense of taste and smell. I can still taste salt and chilli. Off to bed early, another big day. Tiananamen Square, Forbidden City and Temple of ...
... trying to find something to wash it down.
Now for the exciting experiences. Both are listed in the Lonely Planet but having had disappointing experiences with their recommendations in the past, we approached these places only after the good word of fellow travelers.
Dali Courtyard: you book and communicate any dietary needs. You are served whatever the Yunnan chef decides to cook that day (usually several dishes) based on which foods look good at ...