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... how China has changed. She then told us that she actually wrote her university thesis on the Tianamen square protests, speaking to various people who were involved, many of whom now live in Australia or Taiwan. However, when she received her results, she received a 0. Apparently, talking about it is ok, but writing any sort of official document about it is still not. As a result she had to redo an entire year of university.
We had only one excursion today, but it was a "great" one - a trip to the Great Wall of China (or, as the Chinese actually call it, the Long Wall, since it is currently 6,000 miles long, but over the centuries, as it was built, torn down, and rebuilt, would reach around the equator twice). We got an early start at 8:00 am, and missed a lot of the traffic (which was the point). Interestingly, Joe remarked that since it wasn't the weekend, the traffic would ...
... part which Lauren had been banging on about all day is the toboggan ride from the top to the bottom!!! You can really pick up some speed on this too!
Before arriving back at the hotel we made a last stop at a Silk factory but this was basically a shop where they try and sell you their stuff by this time we were both keen to be back at the hotel, so left and waited outside by the bus.
On our return to our Hotel we passed the ...
... help me when it comes to ordering food. Survival Chinese is way more important. I need to know how to read a menu, especially if there are no pictures and the waiter speaks no English.
Back to my day, I finished class. Then, I decided to eat soup with shrimp wontons at the Asian fusion place outside of west gate. Some man approached my table and asked me a question. I did not understand since I was not feeling so well. He just left and ...
... finding quiet backstreets, unplundered Great Wall remnants and friends along the way.
After a farewell to friends in Beijing, we started on our China trek that would lead us from the Capital to Hong Kong, traveling over two thousand kilometers and through time, history, and a world not known by many.
This entry is short as I'll let the photos do the talking.