Hanting Express (Beijing Houhai)
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China Here We Come It's a 36hr train ride to Beijing from Ulan Bator passing through the Gobi Desert and many camels. On our second stop in the Gobi everyone got off to buy provisions, take photos or simply stretch legs. Sadly one young lady didn't get back on in time. She ran alongside the train banging on the carriage sides and screaming. Near the end of the train she jumped onto the train but failed to get a grip, falling between the train and the platform. A tragic end ...
During break, the French-Lebanese guy Jean told me that he took two years off to do missionary work in France. I told him that I wanted to learn French and go check out Cannes. He corrected my pronunciation and said that was pronounced as "Can." So weird to me how French spell words with silent letters.
When we were doing our dialogues for practice speaking, Jean threw some paper in my hood. I did not notice and I turned. He gave me a smile. Can ...
... price for this was too much
(although looking online, the ticket for the aquarium should have
included a ticket to the zoo but this was not clear at the zoo), so
we didn't go. Later, we found a fab cafe near our hostel called
'Cheese'. Definitely recommend it here, as although a little pricey
for Beijing, the funky and chilled vibe of the place complimented the
great cheesy food and drink.
So, last full day in Beijing and we decided to go to Beihal ...
... snack market. You can buy a lamb skewer for 5RMB, which would cost you one or two anywhere else. There were busloads of tourists being disgorged, and the stall owners were shouting to call them over. There *were* a bunch of interesting things on skewers, however. Snake, silkworm chrysalis, scorpions, tarantulas, stinky tofu, all of which the stall owners take turns goading the tourists into buying. Pretty funny...but we continued on to our hostel and called it a ...
... overtook all other level of elaborate design. The throne in the Palace of Heavenly Purity contained a box marked “integrity and brightness” in English. After a few succession rows, I learnt that they had developed the system that the emperor would write the decree of who was to succeed him after his death and put it in a box behind his throne in the Palace. On his death, the decree would be removed from the box and read out by ...
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