GreenTree Alliance Beijing Temple of Earth Hotel
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... throughout Tienammen Square there are security cameras (the most in the world) and guards of all sorts. When we got to a certain point in the line we had to take off sunglasses and hats for facial recognition cameras. We also could not take any sort of pictures or video.
After making it through security checkpoints we had to silently make our way up to the building with a large statue of Mao. There were people presenting flowers to the statue and some were bowing ...
... the guide turned a great walk into a true adventure. Worth every penny! After having dined on 2 minute noodles at 7am we were well ready for lunch at 2 and were taken to a non-descript restaurant for a well earned lunch. Yummy. Beautiful trout from the local fish farm. A very spicy chicken and peanut dish. Green beans with peppercorns and chillies and the tiniest bit of bacon (pork chopped up really small like bacon bits but even smaller) but the best dish that ...
you also get some great views over the tree tops and the toboggan
ride down is the best toboggan we have been on yet (better then
woodlands can you believe!) So, the Great Wall itself... is massive!
We chose the Mutianyo section as we read it was quieter then other
sections but interesting with old and new parts. It is very
impressive and definitely worth a visit. It was also not as 'easy' to
walk as our na´ve minds thought. The steps were not just steps, ...
... however, and we spent the time going over Da Dong's 100-page menu (o_O). When we were finally sat (at a HUGE long cut-log communal table), we ordered a bottle of Chianti from Italy, and a selection of things from the menu, building a little tasting menu, finishing with the roasted duck. The restaurant's beautiful, and definitely the sort of place for conspicuous consumption with a heavy emphasis on delicacies like sea cucumber, shark's fin, ...
... against fire, although in winter they were put over small fires so as to stop the water freezing!
As for the actual palaces, the layout was quite interesting. You entered through the highly decorated ceremonial Meridian Gate. The first view of the Forbidden City was stunning. Despite the thousands of people, it was breathtaking. It was a moment that I had long been awaiting and I couldn’t believe that I was finally there! It was ...
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