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The first thing that was done once we'd officially entered China was for the wheels to be changed on the trains. The Chinese railway is a different gauge to that used in Russia and Mongolia so after crossing the border, all the carriages are hoisted up by hydraulics, the Mongolian wheels taken out and Chinese ones put in. This took a couple of hours of being shunted to and throw, going up and down. We finally left the border town around 1 am and head south to Beijing. We arrived in ...
... Kung Fu show. It was quite impressive, even though it was the usual sort of stuff. Great acrobatics, some ballet, some impressive QiGong and stuff. All spoken in English with Chinese subtitles. I Felt a bit embarrassed and fortunate, as there were lots of non English tourists around us.
I was still experimenting with the blog but was enjoying keeping it. I ended up staying up too late writing up the day's entry and was sure I would regret it the next ...
Since we first landed in Beijing we all wanted to see the Panda Bears. I fell in love with the panda hats I had seen people were wearing. I made sure to the hunt one of the hats down and buy one before we go to the zoo. The rest of the girls saw the hats and also bought one. When we went to go see the giant pandas I began to think about the animals in the Bronx zoo. They never seem ...
... over the street. The image didn't really seem to fit.
3. The Chinese people dress really fancy here all the time. Girls wear dresses every day (YAY).
4. THEY STARE AT ME WHEREVER I GO WHICH WAS FIRST COOL BUT IS GETTING REALLY AWKWARD NOW.
5. They are a very non confrontational culture and will lie to you or go behind your back in order to save face(protect your or their honor).
Until next time!
... in Tian’anmen Square June 4th 1989.
Like I said, on the north side of the Square you can see the Tian’anmen Gate, so after wandering around the square for a while, we headed that way to take a few pictures of the Mao mausoleum. The guards in the square (and all the policemen around town) were all dress very smartly in dark green long coats and fur hats, so I tried to get Jonny to pretend to take a picture of me and the gate, while actually taking a picture ...