Hanting Express (Beijing Bird's Nest Olympic Stadium)
Travel Blogs from Beijing
... Kunming Lake with amazing marble foot bridges, and the grounds are filled with gardens, towers and halls. We managed to have the most amount of fun for £1 here as we found out that we could dress up in traditional Chinese costumes and sit in a throne! Walking around the palace is like a physical endurance test and we just made it back to the main gate by closing time. Annoyingly the smog had come back down over the city so our views were a bit hazy but still ...
... Square protests hundreds of suspects were detained by police. Meanwhile, we sang karaoke, basked in the beauty of the Summer Palace, and dreamed of Double Happiness. Such are the contradictions of a capital and culture at the meeting point of feudal traditions, 'communist' values and capitalist aspirations. Our train drew away from this microcosm of all the forces and energies of modern China, and it was with heavy hearts that we left the fascinating, complex and challenging enigma that is Beijing.
... th May
The Great Wall – Mutianyu
I chose this section of the GW because it was less “touristy” and therefore would provide a more enjoyable experience for me. I also chose a week-day in the hope of getting away from the masses of people and, it did work up to a point. Most people go on an organised trip to the GW but the downside is that you also have to put up with a visit to a factory or shop on the way ...
... his ear.
EAST: Twitter banned.
WEST: Tweet to your heart's content.
EAST: Facebook banned.
WEST: Have thousands of friends on FB.
EAST: Your TV screen goes to gray as soon as
a non-government approved program begins.
WEST: Five corporations decide 80% of the TV and radio content.
At least one of those companies (GE) is a weapons manufacturer.
EAST: Abortion is free, ...
... yogurt, cheerios and in the market right outside there is every kind of produce imaginable. And it is so cheap! 1 kilo of pears costs 30 cents. The same for tomatoes, apples, tangerines, green peppers. It's wonderful.
There is a fried noodle stand we tried today that was great. Imagine Hu Hot or Mongolian Grille for about 70 cents. And its so much food I saved some for dinner. I budgeted about $10 a day for food and that is starting to seem a lot more ...