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As this very full day continues we head to Tiananmen Square. Mao's mausoleum is closed today. I amused myself by telling Christine that the word Mausoleum is named after Mao and she fell for it hook line and sinker. Only when I burst out laughing did she punch me very ******* the arm.
The Great Hall of the People was open and I was very excited to visit. Like most Chinese municipal buildings it is absolutely colossal. ...
... Viola, who was delightful. It took us 2 hours in Beijing traffic to get to our hotel which couldn't have been more than 8 miles away. The hotel is lovely. We all quickly fell asleep having not had much sleep on the plane. Then now at 1am Beijing time on Sunday we are all wide awake. ; )
Sunday we have on our own and the tour starts Monday.
We are in China!
... same sights time after time and waiting for the tourist to return.
Last stop for Beijing, the Lama Temple. This required a drive, through the always heavy, chaotic traffic. I still don't see how there are not more accidents. I guess it is guts, brakes and horns!
Right around the temple was the first time we saw any beggars. The temple was beautiful. You pass through several rooms with 3 large Buddhas until you come to the main one with a giant 26 ...
... You are supposed to stand on this and talk and it is said that your voice will be heard for miles. Once again the Chinese didn’t get it as it was the quietest they are all the time!! The centre is surrounded by 9 rings which begin with being made out of 9 stones and then 18 and all up the way up to 81.
After a trot around the grounds and the realisation of all this grass and not really anywhere to sit we headed to the Metro. We ...
... another conundrum, who to take? I had 2 extra tickets and one for me. In the end, I took Ingrid(classmate from Singapore) and Carrie Anne(new to the program from Indiana).
We left for the performance at about 5pm. It was at the Birds Nest in the Olympic Park and we had decided to walk around, take pictures and eat before the show. We succeeded at the first 2 but food was oddly hard to find, ...