TianBao Holiday Hotel
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We met Claire, our Chinese guide, at 8am to catch the bus to the Summer Palace. It was only a short bus ride away and cost ¥1 (10p) For a journey anywhere. The Summer Palace visit was especially interesting for me as it's something I've read a great deal about. It would be a fantastic place to bring my Chinese history students. Once inside it was easy to see why ...
- unless you're with your family and friends!! Sunrise on the Great Wall. I was up at 4.45am to meet up with a couple of other people I've met at 5am to be up on the wall for sunrise. There was no one about and we had the wall to ourselves. In the distance there was the crowd of Chinese photographers on a'club' outing that had been there at sunset the day before. But they were a long way off. The sunrise was not the most spectacular but ...
... and looked at a few of the hutongs (residential streets) that were very run down. We then headed to some shops located under one section of the wall. There was definitely some nice jewellery that looked authentic and had the expensive prices to go along with how they looked. There were also some of the most amazing vases I have ever seen! After visiting the market we decided to climb up on the wall. This wall was built to ...
... follow. Since we had all day we had time to walk as long as we wanted. We got up onto the wall and walked a few towers to the east before turning around and heading west. There are only a few flat sections as it is basically stairs down from one tower and then up to the next. You could also see some of the beacon towers. The area we walked was in fairly good shape as parts have been repaired in recent years. There was ...
... two hours and ahead in the distance we could see the Five Window Tower (imaginatively named because it's the only tower with five windows). This tower was the furthest the guide had advised us to go but there were a whole load of up and down crumbly steps between us and it so we decided to turn
We saw an amazing sight on the way back, a man who was even more sweaty than us!! He looked like he had just stepped out of a shower, he even had sweat dripping like a waterfall ...