Zhong An Inn (Beijing Meiyuan Hotel)
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Today we visited the Summer Palace in the northwest section of Beijing. Whereas the Forbidden City has the feeling of an imposing fortress, the Summer Palace is set up more like a park, with many outdoor walkways, courtyards, pavilions, and a beautiful lake. Empress Dowager Cixi had planned to make this her permanent residence, but after becoming sick on her first night at ...
We began our day healthy and all together at breakfast. This was the first breakfast at the hotel that Anya and I had the pleasure of having and we were both interested (now having an appetite) to see what was in store. We were downstairs earlier than the day before since we were hoping that there would be more Western breakfast items available. Not that I am against trying new things,but the breakfast buffet offerings were a little adventurous. ...
... desires and aspirations wherever they live.
From my experience, the country is run by young people. The airport staff, guides, hotel receptionists, security, shop workers and just about everyone else in a public facing role is under 30 years old. They all seemed eager to help, happy, industrious, proud and keen to do good job - though the pace of life is a bit slower. A good thing, I think. I never felt threatened or worried about ...
... there ;)) and the Olympic podium was not present at all. Bit disappointed, but fun to visit the stadium from the inside.
Today: Great Wall!
"He who has not climbed the Great Wall is not a real man"-Mao Zedong
Visit to the Great Wall; this morning I took the train to Badaling. Unfortunately, most tourists go to here, even if it is Monday, but the easiest place to reach the Great Wall for me from Beijing. On the train I met 2 other Chinese teens, a few years older ...
... We also ordered a bowl of fried long beans with green chilies, which were amazing! (Yay, greens!) The green chilies were cut into the same shape as the beans, so they were a bit surprising when you bit down on them. :) The final dish we ordered was a bowl of stewed pork belly (skin-on) braised in soy and garlic. So tender, and damn tasty...reminded of Chef Walsh's "HF (holy f**k) Pork Belly".
After lunch, we walked back to the hostel in order ...
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