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... could have spent way more time there but the legs gave out and it was time to head back to the hotel for a few hours rest before we went to dinner at one of the most famous Peking Duck restaurants in Beijing called DADONG. It was right next to our hotel and again Pat and Ollie, not being able to face the thought of duck opted for room service and time without parents but Michael, Jen, Mick, Brian and I couldn't wait and we weren't disappointed - melt in ...
... be crafts, scrapbooking (although I never fully got into that...sorry mom!), cooking, dancing, painting, etc. I always just liked the idea of creating something even if I wasn't good at it. Nonetheless, the idea of doing something like this has never left my head so when I went to a Spanish bat about two weeks ago and read that they offered it every Tuesday evening, all I could hear in my head was "Carolyn, you need to do this!" So guess what I did, I went ...
... or cut in the middle for them to go through. It was a huge culture shock to me to see a little toddler squatting and peeing on concrete in the Olympic park. Super weird. Anyways, after that, we went to lunch at a mall that is on the park grounds. Then we took the subway back to the hotel, and I read a bit and napped. For dinner, a bunch of us bought a bunch of Chinese snack food at the store Wu ...
... is that outside of our accommodation, Westerners are very few and far between).
Went to see Tiananmen Square.Queues for The Forbidden City were silly so we decided to come back another time for this.Bish bought an awesome Tourist HatWe saw and climbed the Drum & Bell TowersWandered around the "Hutong" - basically Beijing's version of Birghton's lanes.
Headed off on our Great Wall trip and as we ...
... the last Emperor of China. Under an agreement with the new Republic of China government, Puyi remained in the Inner Court, while the Outer Court was given over to public use, until Puyi was evicted after a coup in 1924. The Palace Museum was then established in the Forbidden City in 1925. In 1933, the Japanese invasion of China forced the evacuation of the national treasures in the Forbidden City. Part of the collection was returned at the end of World War II, but ...