Zhong An Inn (Beijing Meiyuan Hotel)
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... and we both agreed that they probably just took the flowers straight back out to the vendors to sell them again later. That's tourism business in China.
On Tiananmen Square we walked around for a bit, and got approached by some guy who was overly friendly. He clearly wanted to have a chat with us. We had been warned several times about really friendly people who strike up casual conversations with tourists, and later inviting them to a tea house, only to have ...
... doorway was the symbol of the residents' social status in a heavily hierarchal society. There was only one emperor, it went downhill from there. Because of the nature of Chinese residential architecture, the courtyard residence (siheyuan), the family had one chance to express itself to the street. You knew your chances of marrying the girl next door, for example, by the quality of the family's doorway. There is even a term for it ...
... for people and for life.
Laura--you are such a kind, thoughtful, smart young woman. Your insights on China and it's people have amazed and encouraged me every time we talk--I can't wait to hear more and more from you!
Saryu--I love your kind soul and your enthusiasm! I hope that you find many more chances and reasons to dance, and to show more and more people your beautiful spirit. So glad that you were a fellow General on the ...
... and we all got our picture with Mao. From there we walked under the road to the Forbidden City.
The Forbidden City was very interesting. The buildings and detail were gorgeous! I was shocked that a place so old still looked so beautiful.
From the Forbidden City, we went to a garden. It had a breathtaking view of the city. It was possible to see all the way to the mountains. Views like this are unheard of. The park was freezing so we only stayed ...
... slopes and viewed the watchtowers as we set off on our three hour hike. It was amazing walking along such an iconic piece of history as we snapped away and absorbed the great sights surrounding us. It was definitely the most fun part of the wall as we climbed over obstacles and trekked along broken and crumbling pathways. We walked as far as we could before having to turn back and could have done with longer to walk and climb more but we had to catch our ...