Qinglian Furun Hotel (Beijing Hedong)
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... to go to. We made it to the restaurant and had a pretty good meal, there was eggplant, which wasn’t my favorite, but wasn’t bad.
After eating we were free to do whatever, so most of us went back to the Hutong market street. I got a lot of gifts there, which I was happy about. We then made our way back to the hostel, where we got cleaned up and decided to go out one last time before leaving China.
In the bar downstairs some of us did a shot ...
... her first try. The true superstar of the day, though, had to be 3-year-old An An who was fearlessly skiing from the first minute with his instructor's help. I love the innocence of children that allows them to be so courageous. I remember how terrifying my first day skiing was; I was definitely not a confident skier for a long time.
Perfect weather made for the perfect afternoon skiing. It did feel weird to ski without a helmet and goggles, but it was a ...
... occurred a female was shouting about human rights. She was quickly escorted away by a uniformed police officer and a plain clothes security person. The security people blend in with the crowd.
From Tienanmen Square we moved into the Forbidden City. The Forbidden City is the best preserved cluster of buildings in China. It is called Forbidden because it was off limits for 500 years. It was home for the Ming and Qing dynasties of emperors. The city ...
... on Facebook before, but for the people who still have no Facebook. You can still feel the Olympic spirit somehow: the lights are on, music on the plaza, Olympic rings in multiple places and illuminated, signs with "keep tickets ready for inspection" and the mascots, like a game is about to start. Only the extinguished Olympic flame reminds you that that will not happen.
Saturday I visited Summer Palace, a large park, with beautiful old Chinese buildings. On top of the hill ...
... nice to be above ground and get my first real sense of Beijing. My first impression was "lots of bicycles and quite rude people" (well compared to the Koreans anyway).
We started our hike towards where our hotel was. Vinh has a smartphone which is actually a great travel tool. He's also very good with maps and directions. Lets face it I couldn't have picked a beter person to travel with if I tried.
Anyway it was hot. There were lots ...