Hanting Hotel (Beijing Xuanwumen)
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... and French had looted it in the Second Opium War. Said to be the high point of Chinese gardening art, we find it absolutely stunning. It has a 750m covered walkway beside a large man-made lake, and this Long Corridor is decorated with thousands of pictures. We also see a collection of large, very large and absolutely enormous natural stones - apparently these were what the art connoisseurs of the Ching era competed for. Naturally the Empress had to ...
... to Beijing. For a minute there we thought we'd have a couple of extra hours sleep.
Arrival in Beijing was calm and orderly. We zipped through customs and our driver was waiting with a broad smile... And, of course, no English. I had already been told to expect that a lot so were doing a lot of smiling and nodding.
We got to the hotel around 1130. I've got a lovely suite on the club floor - very ...
... of our own. We had seen a number of non-Chinese at the
Great Wall but only saw two or three as we walked. Occasionally
people would smile and nod back to us. We checked out some shopping centres and generally found things to be
very expensive. That should save us some money. Depending on how
up/down-market the centres were, reflected in the type of toilet you
might expect to find. Up market ones usually just had European
toilets, others might have both, ...
... the acts in this were on par, and were mouth-dropping spectacular.
The first act was a man doing tight-rope walking, sitting and balancing in positions on a wire and then going on a ... and riding backward and forward on that. Finally he made the wire swing so that it became horizontal with him still balancing on it going back and forth which was by far the most impressive bit of his act. Next were some acrobats doing flips through varying sizes of hoop, ...
... feast, where we sampled many of the local dishes washed down with Tsing Tao beer and green tea.
After lunch, we were back on the bus and off to visit the Temple of Heaven, where the emperor would pray for a good harvest. We could see many opulently furnished rooms with jade statues and carvings; we could look into the rooms but not actually go inside. The heat was pretty oppressive and a lot of people in our ...