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... out that he would be sleeping in the car. We all knew what he meant.
Took a bus to the cable car. We got on the cable car. I (Ava) was very nervous. It ended up not being bad. We took the cable to the top of the mountain. Once we got out of the little room where cable car landed, we were surprised at how few people there were. We started walking toward the wall. The steps ...
... turned into huge meal.
Replete, we wound our way home via shopping! We investigated the Arts and Crafts Building.
Charmed by my play with Chinese characters this morning, I got hold of calligraphy brushes and a practice sheet. Yay!
Russell came home with a new black leather trench coat so is very happy!
Back to the hotel by 6:00 a nice soak in the huge bath and then cocktails on the roof, what a way to start our stroll!
... the Buddhist statues made me stop and pause to appreciate their beauty. When I came to the famous golden Buddha statue, I took a picture. No shame. To make up my lack of respect, I donated money to the temple.
Right after I left the temple, I entered the subway station. Then, I decided to just walk around the hutong near the temple because I figured I should see it one last time. Walking in the hutong was nice with the sunny weather.
No matter what hutong ...
... we waited with hundreds of other people. But we had a 3 1/2 hour layover so we were not in a hurry. We finally made it to Beijing - caught the Airport Express into the city and got off the train and guess what - we had no idea of where we were...but of course the helpful taxi drivers all offered to help us find ...
What a day, we headed off early to the Great Wall which took a couple of hours by car. Near the wall we took a chair lift to the top, the views were amazing and made better as there had been some snow the night before. We did a fair amount of walking at the top and it was surprisingly quiet, at some points we were the only ones on the Wall. From the Great Wall we went off to the Summer Palace, this should have ...