Hanting Express (Beijing Houhai)
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... King, Subway, or KFC!) but was still quite nice in relatively unspoilt surroundings. The wall itself was big and oppressive and what seemed like a fairly short walk along in the distance was always surprisingly far. We tobogganed back down the mountainside instead of taking the cable car, which was a nice touch. We took a 6 hour train journey to Xi'an to see the Terracotta Warriors, another UNESCO World Heritage Site. As we travelled miles across the relative countryside it ...
... walking we found it! For the 3rd time that night I felt relief that yet again did not last. Even though I was pretty exhausted and everything was in Chinese, I could follow the conversation pretty well. It went something like:
"Hi, we booked a bed for one here for tonight."
"No you didn't, we don't have any spare beds."
"But we just called up about an hour ago!"
"No you didn't. We didn't get any calls. What number did you call?"
"This number. A ...
... she had a revelation that this location was intended to be for spiritual pursuits rather than earthly, and moved back to the Forbidden City. She apparently also spent a massive amount of money renovating the palace prior to her brief residence there, diverting the funds from the Chinese navy, which left the fleet poorly prepared for the First Sino-Japanese War in 1894.
... Chinese person that walked by. I don't know how on Earth it's not rude to stare in China, but these people had no problem with it. Even when I made contact with them and smiled, they still stared at me! Because I was sitting on the curb, maybe they thought I was selling something? Not sure. My language partner said "Perhaps it is because you are very beautiful." Obviously, this is correct. I don't know why I didn't get that before!
While I was sitting there, a young Chinese ...
Today is Memorial Day in China. It is a day off where the Chinese burn incense and paper money to pay respect to their ancestors. Traffic is particularly heavy today because of the holiday and it is cold and raining.
Our trip to The Great Wall is about 45 miles from our hotel and took about two hours to get there. There were originally seven kingdoms in China and each built their ...