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Travel Blogs from Beijing
... our soft sleeper night train to Xian.
We visited Houhai Lake on Sunday which was a pleasant surprise. Not too sure what to expect, it turned out to be a great afternoon. It took us a few hours to circle the lake and was a dream for street photography. We decided to walk back to the hostel at the end of the afternoon figuring it would take us between an hour and an hour and a half. We somewhat got lost and ended up on Wangfujing street, the Fifth avenue of Beijing ...
... and some you cannot), noodles, and pastries. Our favorite is the dragon fruit.
A family in the Hutong opened their home to the tour group. The husband was playing mahjongg with his guy friends and barely noticed this group of 36 visitors. The wife talked to us about their life in the Hutong with 14 cats, and several birds. The kitchen is in a separate building. They are planning a wedding for their second daughter.
It was a fascinating first day in Beijing.
... Chinese all trying to get a picture in such an iconic location, with the dozens of soldiers on guard pulling stern faces for hours on end in the searing heat. There were some unexpected and pleasant surprises in the city too, the 798 art district was very East Lindon trendy with the warehouses being converted to studios and gallery's. There are also beautiful parks and lakes dotted around the city which are very effective in blocking out the chaos of ...
7) Silly little dogs (continued!) they are everywhere, and apparantley our compound is where the rich men house their mistresses, so they spend the day grooming & walking their silly little dogs then get all glammed up & picked up by their rich man outside in a posh car in the evening. Oh, and cats, not enough of them around - maybe they're all in the stir fry's......... Andy is still allergic to them, so I think we'd know if we'd eaten ...
... people were respectful.
We also had three separate trips to the Musuem, needless to say China has a phenomenally long history. It had a whole range of amazing artefacts from early man through to the end of the Qing Dynasty. Strangly a lot of the artefacts were beautiful wine containers. I can see Chris drooling!
We also went to the section on The Road to Rejuvenation which essentially was Mao to now. It was interesting but lacked English for large parts and was, dare ...
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