Hanting Express (Beijing China Central Place Second)
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... had to swap it with another to earn “$5” dollars) they all seemed
pretty interested but didn’t quite want to do the work or didn’t understand so
I had to spend a little bit extra time explaining it to each group and
convincing them to activities which made me feel a bit stressed. Thankfully
though I had expected this so I included a few written tasks because I had been
told that while they aren’t confident ...
Today's itinerary includes an evening visit to the Lao She Teahouse. This is a legendary house of entertainment just behind the watchtower on Tiananmen Square serving tea, snacks and entertainment to tourists and visiting dignitaries alike.
Our driver was scheduled to pick us up at 7:20, drop us off at the teahouse and then wait for us to run us back to the hotel. As the teahouse is only half an hours walk from the hotel we insisted that we walk ...
... but in the 1880s the Dowager Empress Cixi carried out limited construction to enable her to live there permanently, reputedly embezzling naval funds to do so. It was then seriously damaged by the invading forces who put down the Boxer Rebellion in 1900. Now it is a public park and as we were the on the Sunday of the Moon Festival, it was very busy. The smog was much less and we could see across the lake and much further into ...
... right. Whew!
Back in the hotel lobby, many in the group were showing off their purchases and discussing their encounter at the Market. Another group was headed to the mall and grocery store across the street. We asked if we could join them. So we ran up to the room and dropped our Market purchases off, then rejoined them. The street in front of the hotel is a major thoroughfare, so we had to use the underground walkway to get to the ...
... Square and the Forbidden City. We ate at a restaurant within a hutong area of Beijing only a few blocks from the Square and F. City. Our meal consisted of many different dishes and to my surprise I enjoyed nearly all of them. I don't know what many of thrm were called, but I know I enjoyed thrm and that's what matters to me. Food was something I was very worried about coming over here since I'm not a very adventurous eater, but it ...