West International Trade Hotel
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... and I were left to our own devises I think that we would still be there trying to get out.
Our room at the hotel was stuffy and smelted bad, Geoff went and had a quiet word and we were given another room. This room smells better, brighter and its our home for the next 6 nights.
We went for a walk to explore Tienanmen square and the Forbidden City, then went and bought some groceries ...
... you buy more than one thing. The vendors for one product (say purses) all sell the same thing but you have to walk through and see which store has the most products, is the nicest, and has the best chance of hiding extra products. It is a complicated and confusing process but it is easy for anyone to pick up bargaining if they watch an expert a couple of times. Walking away helps to bring the price down quickly, and so does blonde hair. Speaking of which, we went into a ...
... realized that the Palace Museum actually was the Forbidden City, and we got our tickets. There was another mental head slap for that one. Heading inside, we passed the usual beautiful doorways, and the multitudes of tourists. The Forbidden City was beautiful. It is a huge place, and there is a lot to see. We explored for a while, ducking through doorways and alleyways. Some of the more ornate carvings are amazing. We saw a pottery exhibit ...
... in the tea house!
After the Tea House incident, Wei left us for the day so we took the subway to the Beijing Zoo! We got to see the big Panda Bears, which was cool. Even though they were inside because of the heat, it was fun to see them just lounging around eating ridiculous amounts of Bamboo. The rest of the zoo was pretty typical, just like any other zoo, but we did find amusement in some of the animals in the "American Animals" ...
Beautiful people fall is here!!
I hope you're all enjoying the cooler days, I know I certainly have been grateful for the weather lately, mostly due to the significant drop in pollution levels we've seen in Beijing. I didn't think it was possible to see the sun so many days in a row here!! Goes to show what I know--very little!
I haven't updated in awhile, I often just plain forget that I have this blog. This week is a ...