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... Xidan North Street which turned out to be a very busy road full of shopping malls, individual shops, restaurants and cafes. Fortunately we were allowed to check in immediately after our arrival (even though it was quite early) but we had to wait until our room was cleaned so in the meantime we went to Costa Café to have breakfast.
Once we freshened up a bit we made a rough plan for the following three days we were supposed to spend in Beijing with my parents. That day ...
... beer. No idea what we ended up with but it tasted great.
we managed to find a taxi really quickly back to our hotel. All up the day cost us less than $10 each. And our guide said it would be difficult to do. He was so wrong. It is apparent that the guides have to up sell that optional tours and probably get commission on their sales. No wonder he does not like us.
catching the bus at 5 to go to the airport and fly to Shanghai. Bye Beijing.
Day 22 - We start working on a plan to get of Beijing, three hours later and a hard morning of figuring things out, we get a plan together; take the train to Guilin in the south to get some warmth and to visit a much smaller city, onto Shanghai by train and then fly to Hong Kong.
In the afternoon we go to the Temple of Heaven Park, it's breathtaking and relaxing and far better than the Forbidden City and ...
I flew from Tokyo to Shanghai and then onwards to Beijing. At Shanghai Airport the security checks had been more stringent than I think I've ever seen. While I won't claim I disliked being felt up by a cute Chinese customs chick, I was a little puzzled about the going-over given to my Timberland boots (as a side-note, despite all the jet-hopping I've done recently this was the first time I had to take them off). They're a pair of boots, for ***** sake. Run them through ...
... of all. In China, when you put in a request to buy a license plate, you are put in a group of people and a computer randomly selects who gets to buy a license plate. For example, out of 100 people, 20 will be selected. So you must wait to be randomly selected. You can bypass this process for a easy $10,000. Also speeding tickets are much cheaper. Only about $14! He was shocked that I told him that speeding tickets in America can easily be 150$.
Also, today ...