Xixi Friendship Hotel
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... I found myself in line behind an older Californian. He was friendly and funny, so we agreed to wander around together for a bit. He also wanted to go to the National Museum, so we went there next and quickly became engrossed in an exhibit of about 600 gifts Chairman Mao and others received from visiting dignitaries. Most of it was decadent, useless ****, but just seeing it all amassed there in one room really showed how ...
... Apparently it would be too complex to get plumbing to all of the courtyards so the families all share public toilets!! Private well, public toilet. Melissa and I braved the public toilets out of necessity and were pleasantly surprised. There are traditional chinese gates to the courtyards and many different ways to signify the status of the family within. We've learned a lot about how to tell about a families status as ...
... of Clocks, throne rooms and concubine quarters. After an hour or two of pushing past tourist groups, we had had enough and set out for lunch. We spent the afternoon wandering the houtongs and stopped at Sandglass coffee for a Thai milk tea. The small coffee shop was packed with books, trinkets and cozy lights and picture frames. We met a young local architecture student and chatted for a bit. She explained that she was studying and applying to ...
... screen television, private bathroom and shower and full sized beds which were greater than a metre apart! After a freshen up and unpack we set out for a final meal with our vodkatrain friends. For the pricey meal of £2 we got a large bowl of rice noodles with fresh vegetables covered with a pork sauce and a local beer we were happily satisfied and said our goodbyes to everyone.
Began with a well deserved lie-in before ...
Whoop whoop we did it, the Great Wall that is and we're still alive! Well Darren's passed out on the seat beside me, but all in all I think we did pretty good.
We booked a tour with our hostel to Mutianyu, In the Hairou District which is a much less touristy part of the wall. We got a coach at 8am it only took 2hrs to get to base of the mountain. Darren, myself and everyone else on the tour (15 of us) tried ...