Park Plaza Beijing Science Park
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Slept in for a change with no strict schedules to follow. We still had our porridge and coffee in the room before venturing out. We caught the subway to the temple of heaven. One stop on Line two and two stops on line 5. It cost 35 yuan to get a through pass to the temple. Total area is 237 hectares. It was the first place we had seen manicured lawns and there were three ride on mowers mowing one section and someone else with a whipper snipper. Only downside ...
... rush too much, it'd be just fine! At tower 19 my alarm went off... "oh no" I thought. "I'm out of time!!" There I stood on top of tower 19, looking up at the crazy steep climb leading to the towers above. The climb between each tower was getting steeper since tower 14. We were on a ridge heading up a mountain afterall. Suddenly I realized that, just like obstacle racing, you make up time on the way down. It should take much less time going down so I don't have to ...
... neighborhood shops. Lots of impressions and sooo hot! When you look out of the apartment it looks overcast and not to hot; but when you get outside it is humid and smoggy.
The kids took to all the fruit and wanted the biggest watermelon they could find (nobody wanted to carry it back though!)
In the evening we went on the very efficient subway (1 every 2 minutes, to everywhere in the city for $0.50 each) to Tienanmen square. Here we ...
... was quite the hike up to the palace itself, the view of the gates and lake was great. There was too much to look at and too little time (only 2 and a half hours) so a small group of us (Me, Eric, Judgeat, Kevin, Whitney, and Steven) decided to stay after the bus left. We took an electric boat out on the lake for about an hour (gave us a much better view of the palace).
Side note... I have ...
... diva on the Ping Pong table, thrashing me royally.
At that point, after a couple of more large beers, we were just about to call it a night when we met our first character, Bob. He was an American who seemed to have been everywhere, mid-fifties, powerfully built and sporting a nice traveller beard, he was a lecturer at a university in Japan, had a wife over there, and a girlfriend, a daughter of 14 and political views just off to the right of Hitler. We drank ...
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