Travel Blogs from Beijing
... my shoulder to lean on, my helping hand, my egger-onnera, my BFF....my hero We did it! Halfway up this madness Mac says "I wonder what you want to do for your 70th? I hear there is a temple on a mountain in India!" Very funny...not! And I have to say the day just kept delivering. Howard had solved the "no car, no driver" issue by the time we got back and we had a new car and "Mr Young" as our new driver. So here are some highlights: Banquet lunch A visit to the ...
... of the oldest imperial parks with a beautiful setting of trees
and a large lake giving protection to the central temple island.
Unfortunately, we did not get there as early as we had planned and it
was busy yet again. It was not so much a park either, but rather a
well laid out pathway round a lake with two bridges and LOTS of
chances to boat over to the central island. There were off the main
path tracks which were nice to walk along too and the temples ...
... copy of the original American dish.
After breakfast, we head off to an informational meeting about the program and met our dean. He was a French man, who completed his higher education in China.
Then, I went on a campus tour with ten other students with two Chinese students named Constance and Jennifer. They showed us where our classes would be held at and explained the function of each building on the campus. There was one building called ...
... shown the whole process and then taken to their huge shopping area, where naturally they expect you to purchase something. You are never forced to do this. Hoverer I knew I wanted to get a couple of things from there. I was able to purchase a rhino, which I can add to my collection. Apparently they don't have rhino's in China, not even in there zoos.
Finally we drove through the city to get to the Ming Tombs. Monday morning, big ...
... cluttering the place and I was painfully aware of Vinh having to carry my heavy bag. So when I spotted a group of rickshaw drivers sitting beyond some trees we decided to approach them to ask if they would take us to our hotel.
None of them were up to much. They just sat in silence as their sharp-smelling cigarette smoke swirled around their heads. They seemed friendly enough and were willing to take us for 50 yuan which is about $10. ...