Beijing Longquanhu Hotel
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We enjoyed our Peking Duck Banquet a short walk from the hotel and it was pretty amazing walking back home in the dark through the brightly lit streets, hearing the music and enjoying the atmosphere of people enjoying Friday night out. Day three Our day started at 7.15am as we had to try and beat the weekend traffic, as apparently everybody loves to exit the city for the weekend. We were unsuccessful and the one hour journey turned into two hours! Our coach driver ...
... I saw Temple of Heaven, Tianamen Square & got a glimpse of the Forbidden City.
-Things I miss: coffee (they're a tea-culture), easy access to websites like Google and Facebook, fast internet, and people not spitting or chewing their food loudly.
-Things I appreciate: the primitiveness of the culture is refreshing, a great group of fellows, a change in perspective so I will no longer take things for granted, and my supportive family!
... We also learned that Beijing became the capital of China under the Mongol invasion. Now we also know that China means “Middle Kingdom” in Chinese characters. Chinese culture is full of symbolism of colors, gestures, animals, characters, numbers and many other things. Watch out!
Apart from the palaces, we have walked a lot and experienced “street" life ...
... jewelry, that sort of thing. Several shops even had a resident calligrapher, someone who has a desk set up in the back of the shop and just makes calligraphy works for the shop to sell.
The shopkeepers were still relentless though, every single one gave us the story that "Oh this is normally <double price> but today since it's a holiday it's only <half price>", it's all nonsense since these people ...
... there was an American guy who spoke Chinese who helped me getting my lunch (which was a lot and delicious and including a bottle of water 1.80 euro). He helped me getting a Chinese phone card aswell.
Then I went back to my hostel to sleep and shower and now I'm here.
That was my fist day in China. Mainly dominated by jetlag sleepiness. So now it's time for bed again and tomorrow I think I'm gonna be a big standard tourist:D