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After Tiananmen square we walked into the former foreign legation quarter and the police museum, the only place without a queue. The museum itself was not especially interesting, Chinese museums tend to simply put anything they can find on display – even what sort of souvenirs you can buy in police museums around the world (including the Dutch one). The legation quarter was quite nice though, barely any tourists and old European architecture made it ...
... their hearts out. Then one by one, their owners came and covered the cages with a cloth and took them home! So I guess people bring their pet birds to the park for some fresh air, and some companionship too. Most of the signs in Chinese of course, but we did find one about the construction of the park which was done during the cultural revolution by 200 "compulsory teenage workers".
Looked at the subway map but decided not to ...
... were there. Mostly everyone has left for CNY break- as we have a nice long break. We are staying this week, which is nice because the city is rather quiet and it is nice to see some sites.
After dinner- Casey performed in his first comedy show. He did a great job! Then, the fireworks started. There is a wide variety of powerful fireworks for sale on the streets and ...
... official conductor and other officials checking who is entering the train, no busy market, no fruit sellers etc. This will be the same all the way to the Mongolian border. Is this security? or just power?
Train looks half empty... it is not high season yet, but we are still surprised. Only some Europeans.
On board we get clean bed sheets and meal coupons and even the meals are not too bad.
Riding out of Beijing ...
... It stretched on and on and on into the horizon. Guard towers were stationed every so often. In between them, the wall was very steep. Certain parts of the wall are made entirely of steps, but this section wasn’t. The wall reminded me of Emerson, my dorm last year. It has a very steep walkway up to the front door.
On Wednesday the group visited the Temple of Heaven. This is the largest temple complex in the world. The ...