Xiao Xiang Hotel
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Today was the last day with the gang from Sundowners Overland.
We got up rather early to get to the great wall in time. After 1,5 h we arrived at Mutianyu and most of us started the long walk up to the wall. Some 700 steps later we were there waith an astounding view in all directions. Both of us still …
Arrived in Beijing after 31 hours on the train from UB. After all the monotonous landscape on the mongolian side the chinese side was a bit more undulating. Having settled in at the hotel we´re now going to get us some duck, peking style.
... three main areas designated for prayer. You could see why people would want to pray here. The elevated area for the prayer prayer stone provided a spectacular view of the city. The tree filled areas and beautifully designed buildings provide a serene and peaceful atmosphere. After leaving the temple, we went into the market. What a drastic difference. Our ability to bargain was definitely tested. This was quite the opposite of serene, with merchants and ...
... floor where there was a big restaurant where we had lunch (see above). After lunch, and a short shopping period, we headed to the Ming Tombs to see the Tomb of the third Ming Emperor - Yongle, who moved the capital from the south to Beijing, had the Forbidden City and the Temple of Heaven built. He was quite the character - evidently had a huge fleet and had some of his generals sail as far as the East coast of Africa. He was an explorer and interested ...
... conducting symposium began yesterday (Friday). There are 36 participants – all from Beijing. Most are school orchestra, wind ensemble or choral conductors. I am working with them in a very typical conducting symposium format. As I’ve always found in China, they are incredibly eager for information, and they are highly engaged. In addition to the professional videographer who is taping the entire workshop, most of the participants ...
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