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... times. We wound our way through the building a bit more and made our way to the crystal tomb containing Mao’s body. There is skepticism that it’s a wax model since some believe Mao’s body could not last after him being dead for about 40 years, but no one will every know since there is such tight security in China. There were about four guards inside a glass room with the casket, at least five more outside the room, and who knows how many cameras watching ...
... up and we might as well have licked the plate clean was eggplant and onions. How it was cooked was the most Devine eggplant I have ever tasted. Helped that the sauce was sweetened. Two hours drive back into town. Traffic only has one peak hour here from morning till night. It never ends. As they are trying to reduce pollution they have a system where cars ending with certain numbers are not allowed to drive for the day. Apparently today was not so bad as plates ending in ...
... ridges to help you hike up and down parts of great steepness (and
this section of the wall is meant to be one of the easiest!) There
isn't a lot of information about the wall up there, so having the
tour guide before was interesting and perhaps worth it; or just look
up stuff on the internet beforehand. This section of the wall was
really good to walk though, as you had a real mix of new renovated
parts and the old overgrown section. The clear but easy to walk ...
... see most of it and see inside a few buildings, but you don't really see much like it was when the emperors lived there. I ran into five American business people who let me walk around with them for awhile. It was nice having someone to talk to! (And because I wasn't alone, I didn't have as many people trying to stalk me!) They left before I did though. I paid for the audio tour so that I had an idea of what I was looking at. Eventually all of the buildings started ...
... also been converted into a treasure gallery of sorts, containing mandalas, paintings, Buddha sculptures, etc. It’s interesting enough, but I’d rather wander the grounds than read about which dynasty picked up which acquisition.
After the Lama temple, I had enough time to hit the Temple for Confucius, which lies opposite the Lama temple, down a road they call the scholar road, for reasons that will become apparent. Not exactly ...