Wancheng Huafu International Hotel
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We woke up super early (6:00am) and went down for our last breakfast at the hotel in Kunshan.
We developed a nice bond with the lady who works there (she didn't get one day off in the 3 weeks we were there btw) so we gave her her gift and she seemed to like it.
We bid a sad farewell to our group leader, James, as well as our colleagues who weren't joining us in Beijing.
Our bus got us ...
... thinking of some alcohol for night 2? Maybe help us sleep.
Once back on the train I found a timetable which indicates how long we stop at each station. Here’s hoping for an Odd Bins at the next Station. LOL
I had my cereal in my camping bowl and coffee in my fold up cup. Amazing what the Army does to you. Cheap but packs up in the smallest of spaces. Ideal for our journey. The Couple ...
... the kung fu show that evening. Once that was all booked we set off towards Tianaman Square and the Forbidden city which was not too far from our hostel. Tianaman Square is one of the most historically rich places in the whole of China and infamously was where only 24 years ago, hundreds of innocent Chinese student protestors were gunned down in broad daylight by the communist regime (although from what we have heard in China they have tried to make it out that this incident ...
... and tucked behind three sets of gates. Everything was beautiful. Angela explained tons of hidden meanings and numerology. The entire city is build around a central "dragon line" for fungshui - in fact all of Beijing is. The buildings have these little animals on the rooftop corners - mythological creatures of heaven. The number of these creatures a building has symbolizes its level of beauty.
We saw large lion creatures guarding the gates - Angela explained that ...
... during which we learned about the different uses for different teas. For example, jasmine tea, moliahua cha 茉莉花茶, smells nice and can be brewed if a room smells bad.
After the tea shop Jake, Dylan and I went back to Wu Mei, where Jake purchased a basketball and we went to the basketball courts. The courts were packed--the Chinese do enjoy basketball! Not looking for a game, we ended up sharing a ...