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Nobody had a house bigger than the emperor at 9x5 bays, Qianqing, the Palace of Heavenly Purity. Everyone else was regulated to something less prestigious based strictly on their status in relation to the emperor. The princes and emperor-designate lived in splendor, smaller and less ceremonial than the emperor, but not a bad place for a Saturday barbeque. Then the family, ministers, counselors, and eunuchs, eventually working down ...
... house we had a traditional tea ceremony tasting 5 different teas; jasmine & rose infused leeche tea were the groups favorites.
On to our next stop, Chinese acrobat performance, Myth Jinsha, very similar to Cirque du Soleil. It was an hour of unbelievable balance, bending and precise timing in the caged ball. Here they had 5 motor cyclist going around in sync within the ball, it was crazy.
... there's no better way to understand a country and it's people. Our group feels sad for the folks who only spend their time on tour buses. As so many of them have said, "They don't know the real China." And they're right. There's always value in looking around and exploring, but it changes lives when you grow in the way these kids have.
We'll be happy to be home, but we're sad to say goodbye. We've become a sort of family. Poor Mr Palmer--there's ...
... cheaper than we had expected! In fact it seemed like quite a few of the people in the Chinese carriages ended
up doing the same.
It really did work out very well for us though as we even ended up with a compartment to ourselves for the entire trip, and the Mongolian carriages were the best we have seen so far, very new, clean and comfortable. The compartments even had a tv screen for each bed! The only downside is that the entire train was ...
We had a few hours to spend the last of our RMB so we went shopping in the nearby shopping center. We decided we had been there too much when the vendors started recognizing us. One didn't even try to give me a high price but just agreed to the price I offered. (What fun was that?!!!) We did buy an assortment of gifts and clothes. I will need to have some of the clothes altered in India, but ...
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