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... most of these demonstrations. We learn the benefits of a clay tea pot, we see a very elaborate "teabag" that blooms into a flower as the tea warms, and we have no words when shown the china "pee pee" boy that urinates further the hotter the water!!! Chinese version of a thermometer. We purchase some tea and receive a free gift, a "pee pee" boy! There is no need for a thermometer in our house anymore. We jump in the car and head to Tianan'men Square in the heart of Beijing. ...
... was built by the Tibetan and Mongolian monks. We saw the largest buddha which was carved out of a single tree, that took 38 years to carve, one r 25 m High, very impressive statue.....however no photos allowed to be taken in the temples, as many people travel to worship here. Lots of incense being burnt here. Buddhism is a growing religion in China. Late in the afternoon , we stopped for a quick stop at the Beijing Zoo to see the Giant Pandas. Sleepy characters they are, not doing ...
... She mentioned there were small rooms on the sides but made it sound like there was nothing to see in them. You can see where this is going already.
As we walked through each area I took pictures when I could as every doorway, every glass case and everything there was to see was crowded en masse by hundreds if not thousands of people. The entrance to the square was just a warm up for the melee that greeted me at every photo opportunity. It got to a point where ...
... br> Once we had had enough of the crowds, we left and walked to the Lama Temple. That area of the city is very quaint and filled with hutongs (or tiny alleyways that lead to traditional courtyard houses). I love the hutongs! In that area you will see the Beijing of older times. A strange juxtaposition from the bustling and modern Beijing of the present.
We found a small hutong bar called "Brain Bar" ...
... instrument up close with interest. The performers all shared this one qing that is over 500 years old, so I didn't dare touch it. However, once that one was put away, one of the other zither instructors brought down another practice qing and very graciously gave me a small lesson on how to play it. I was terrible, of course, but I managed. The cello skills in plucking actually helped me out, but the technique is different and challenging.
Phew. My mind is buzzing from all the excitement.