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... buy everything from traditional carvings to popsicles. Somewhat disappointing...hopefully China will learn a balance between maintaining the integrity of their historical landmarks and commercialism. China seems to be like the US in the 80's... Mia is homesick for American Food so we ate at TGIFridays which is directly across the street from our hotel. The next 2 days we will visit the Great Wall, the Summer Palace and do a tour of the Hutong ...
... t care about him. I don't have an urge to learn more about him; I don't even care to visit his grave in Beijing.
After lunch, we took the cab back to school.
I went to the basement lounge to work on my papers. When I walked in, Natasha was sitting there and chilling. We talked for a bit.
Then, I worked on my papers.
Later, I went to my room and decided to cook spam for dinner.
... we went to the Tiananmen Square, the big central square in Beijing with Mao's Mausoleum and all its turbulent history. We gave the nearby Forbidden City a miss (mainly due to the amount of people and the heat) and headed directly to the Temple of Heaven. We think that the round temple and its vast garden is one of Beijing's most beautiful sights. We ended the day with some relaxing drinks at a nice roof top bar.
The next afternoon – after a lazy morning – we ...
... meet some real local Chinese and not just those that want us to buy something... Next stop Pingyao *Peking Knees: A painful condition of the knees, contracted by those who are too tight to use taxis, to unorganised to use the metro and too old to walk 7-8hrs a day on unyielding Beijing (formerly Peking) cobbled streets. *China Cough: A nagging and persistent cough, contracted by those that have never smoked (Russell) and can't tolerate the car, coal, train, chemical, construction and power station airborne ...
... that the Great Wall of China can be seen from space. In fact, you need a special radar camera to see it according to NASA. It was a Chinese astronaut who admitted that little nugget.
The cable car was definitely built at the same time as the wall. Rickety and shuddering, it shook the whole way up the 1000ft to the top of the wall (as did I.) But what a view. There ...