Beijing Tibet Hotel
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... Tower Blocks.
For the first couple of days we took organised tours. Day 1 covered the Ming Tombs and The Great Wall then Day 2 covered The Forbidden City, The Summer Palace and The Temple of Heaven. As the tours are run by the Government you also get “bonus visits” to Jade/Pearl Factories and Tea Ceremonies where you have the opportunity to handover large amounts of Yuan.
Having a local guide means you also get a bit of an insight to life in the city ...
... on the emergency lane for miles as 'there is no Police around this area', cuts up other drivers frequently with centimetres to spare and uses his horn often to inform other drivers he is coming through. Alan feels a lot of his techniques will help him improve driving /speed on the M25! The Great Wall is a major tourist spot as expected although very close to the Mutianyu area of the wall we were taken too, is a long area of 'no access' which ...
... so that he could become a
guide because most of the priority is given to guides who are Chinese,
not Tibetan.) But I digress.
Our guide was challenging here in Beijing and it didn’t help that our bus driver didn’t crack a smile. She wasn’t happy to hear that we didn’t want to go to a jade factory or
to rush through the Forbidden City today to get to a Silk Factory!
These are set-ups where they take you to see how ...
... we made our way back to the hostel bar to catch happy hour which is where we met Natalie from Russia, Inga from Denmark and Alexis from France. Yet again it was the United Nations sat around one table sharing a few beers, stories and laughs. The local brew is very weak so we headed back out to the 7-eleven round the corner to grab a few supplies to bring back.
Now this bit is very important folks. Never and I repeat never drink Vodka with a Russian girl. You wont win, you ...
... the same as what we saw in the Forbidden City! So after a while we found a quiet spot by the lake to sit and watch people fish of all things!! In true westerner style we flocked to the McDonald's that we spied earlier and had some tea! A burger and fries has never tasted so good and at least we know what is actually in it (well actually probably not in China but never mind)! 3rd June - The Great Wall of China I'm not sure what Karl Pilkington was looking at when he said ...