Xuan Wu Men Hotel
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... and it was spectacular and enormous. There were wonderful huge halls and beautiful terracotta roofs and stunning tiles.
Often Chinese ladies would grab Bill and Martin to be included in their photos! It seems that there were a lot of provincial Chinese who rarely saw westerners and hence they wanted a photo of them with us! So now we call Bill the Brad Pitt of China.
After this we had a dumpling lunch at a Chinese restaurant which ...
... to walk everywhere!? Silly emperor. If he spilt ketchup down his top after eating hotdogs he'd have to go 500 metres back to another hall to change! Oh well. The gardens out the back were nice. Lots of strange rocks. While we were in there a girl came up to us holding her phone and said "picture?" I assumed she wanted me to take a photo of her so I said ok. She then gave her phone to her friend and stood next to me! She got one of me and Susie, and then grabbed onto me as we ...
... of games, mainly racket sports but also some kind of hackysack game with an oversized shuttlecock. Obviously I joined in only to find them wanting me to then buy the thing, I didn't, but this gave me a quick reminder that nothing is free in life, especially in Asia, there's always a catch! The temple gardens were well kept and we visited one of the main iconic buildings of Beijing, the hall of prayer for good harvests, which would have been where the emperor would go and pray. ...
... airport with another couple of friends. It is hard to think that this is just the beginning of many good byes I'll have to make, with the very real possibility that I may never see many of these friends again. Australia is not really a stopover country; it is a long, long way from most other countries, and my next few years are booked full with university commitments, so it will just be Skype dates for the next little while.
I have kept ...
... of the oldest sections of the wall are well over 2000 years old. Most of those sections have deteriorated or been buried over time because they were made of rammed earth and stone. The sections that are most popular to visitors are in the east and were constructed in the 14th century. These sections were made of earth, stone, and brick and therefore retain much of their original integrity. In most cases the wall was a defensive measure, but ...