Flowering House Courtyard Hotel
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- Free High-Speed Internet
- Free parking
- Pets allowed
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... and the wall is less damaged. We went up via cable car and then walked East from Watchtower 6 through to number 1, which in the words of Mr Lee is the walk of 'True Heroes' (round of applause for us both woooooohooo!) I would like to point out that i say walk, a lot of it was climbing up or down as the steps were very steep in some places, talk about vertical!
Once we had completed our walk/climb to and from watchtower number 1, the ...
... and offered to take us out for cheap breakfast to an authentic Chinese cafe, which we couldn't refuse. I had my first soup with tofu that was pretty watery and tasteless but edible and a deep fried soy bean ball, but one bite was enough. I'm really glad we were with Lei as I'm sure we wouldn't have picked a local place, with no English writing in sight. I got Lei to write down the phrase 'I am vegetarian' so I would be able to order without problems from now on. Well ...
... our professor showed up, she was confused too. She spoke to the guy in Chinese, but it was obvious that he was not Chinese. After the guy left, my professor was so puzzled.
I whispered, "Creepy." My professor laughed.
Later today, as I left Asian Fusion after dinner, a few elderly Chinese women tried to talk to me. I kept telling them, "wo bu shuo zhong wen (I don't speak Chinese)." I decided to continue walking.
... 12 females took Maclaren's photo and we got mobbed by a group of 8-10 high school kids wanting to take our photo too (how do Celebrities handle this?) The Forbidden City is much like many other ancient imperial seats in other countries these days...empty buildings that you can't go in. Other than the hallways from one courtyard to another, I literally don't think there is a building that you can enter. That said, the shear size of the courtyards and exquisite decoration ...
... and finally came upon it, and for the princely sum of 2 Yuan (20p) we gained admittance. We walked through lush trees and lovely pathways, heading for the centre where there seemed to be a hill with an amazingly ornate pagoda at the top. We climbed some extremely steep stairs, the heat and humidity started to slow our pace but we emerged, triumphant, if not a little sweaty, at the top. Now I've seen some pictures of the Forbidden City, and I ...