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... and catch up on some diary entries. 20 postcards done and now with an aching hand and empty tummies we headed north to start our day. Up into the area of Sanlitun- or "Sleazy Sanlitun" as the Lonely Planet calls it, a lot of "massage parlours" turn on their flashing open signs after dark. But this was most certainly not the reason why we came up here. Instead (after slightly getting lost amongst the high rise buildings) we settled into one of Beijing's most ...
... journal that there weren’t any good experiences. My top 5 for this trip are:
-Participating in a musical festival with sufis in Baghdad
-Purchasing at least some good silk in Kashgar
-Visiting the magnificent ruins of Nizamiyyah Madrassah in Baghdad
-Paying my respect to the Lord at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem
-Reaching my final destination of Beijing, even if we were rejected at the gates
... it was just at matter of locating the correct hotel. There was a false start with the driver thinking it was the right place but it didn't look like the picture on Travel Advisor. The staff were remarkably helpful and the concierge called out repeat staff members to try to decipher what this lost foreigner was trying to communicate. Not helped by my lack of the hotels address in Chinese. Eventually a young women realized where I was trying to go and ...
OK, I went to this last weekend, but I've been holed up sick since then with a bronchial infection (better now!), so it took me awhile to post. Hopefully this weekend I'll be going to the Forbidden City or something else cool for my birthday--we'll see.
Not much to say that isn't in the captions except the place was huge. Maybe 5 miles long, and on a scale like nothing I've ever seen. This is the place the person who rules the civilized world could live in and never forget ...
... silk to shoes and bags. Riona was VERY KEEN to go!! Well, once inside get ready....It was "Buy this lady!" "Come look here, you like?" I soon realised not to touch anything let alone make eye contact!! After walking through a floor I was exhausted! We decided we needed a toilet stop. I don't think i have mentioned the toilets yet. I could dedicate my whole blogg to my various toilet experiences but I'll save you the pain! However, this one has to ...