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... We left the Xidan shopping area and were off to our final destination, the Silk Market! From one subway to the next, we finally made it to the Silk Market which looked drastically different from the Pearl Market. A lot cleaner, organized, etc. Not to mention that all the stores had a sign saying "No Bargains"... I thought that was funny. As we walked the various floors we couldn't help but notice the fake Nike, Adidas, and Converse shoes and clothes. And they were selling everything ...
... some godawful wet ***** noises, then broke the toilet. It wouldn't flush so they locked it up. I think it was another 2 hours before we could use the other loo again. Then there were the guards women. They were smoking at the end of the carriage, so me and Jack went up to them and asked if we could join them, and they said "no. No smoking." That was pretty frustrating. One cool thing about the border was that they had to change the wheels for the different gauge track. We got lifted ...
... must have been at least 60 and smoked but everyday he carries about 12 beers, loads of red bulls (which don't really taste like red bull- it's really flat) to sell to the climbers- he might even carry the ladders. I struggled with a rucksack and myself!!
We then proceeded to climb the Great Wall of China. We started at Jiankou which is the old part of the wall it also has the highest part! And we found out a bit later that it's not open to tourists ...
... all the hexagonal and octagonal sections that makes each wall are actually like bubbles, so the Cube has a really cool shape to it. We caught a late train back to the hostel, and caught a plane home the next morning.
Thanks for reading all that (if you’ve made it this far, I understand I am already at 831 words). I spent this past weekend in Chengdu, so expect another entry soon. I’ll work on getting the sled ride on ...
Tuesday, March 5th 2013
So we start our day thinking we'll visit Beijing's Summer Palace, not really knowing what to expect. Once again, we were baffled to find such beauty in anotherwise dirty place. Temples here, shrines there, pergolas over there, Old MacDonald was a Buddhist; ni hao, ni hao ma!
The Summer ...