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... br> That day we intended to undertake our second (and at the same time last) attempt on defeating the Great Wall. Therefore we made sure that each member of our team was familiarized with a new war plan and went through a special mental training focused on dealing with masses of Chinese people :)
We got up at 4.45 and were ready to leave at 5.15 in order to catch the first metro going from Xidan to Xizhimen. We arrived at the bus station of Jishuitan at about 6.00 and ...
... the situation which happened multiple times(in just one day so far!). Good thing, since the people are very insistent and I'm not sure no would have been much of an option.
Our day continued with a Hutong Tour. Hutongs are small neighborhoods originating back to the Yuan Dynasty (1300's). We took a rickshaw ride through the hutong and stopped at a local home for lunch. (*side note to my dear ...
... happens to out of date food, that's an easy one; China gets it! We thought, initially that it was just the cheap shops in the Hutongs, but no a couple of restaurants and supermarkets have given us out of date fizzy drinks! In fact most bottled and and packaged foods are out of date.
I keep seeing wedding shops, dentists and anything to do with education, just like l keep seeing McDonald's, KFC, Starbucks and Subway. ...
... years is how lucky I am to have grown up with my mum around. Without her I'd have been in prison or found swinging from a noose a long way back, no exaggeration or word of a lie. I am eternally grateful and sending a quick email just to let her know all is OK has become part of my travelling procedure.
Except China wouldn't me. They were blocking my emails and it was days before they all got through and I've since found out they even removed bits of the messages themselves. In ...