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While we have our favourite dishes, we also noted a strange tradition in the restaurants we visited - crockery wrapped in cellophane! I guess it’s a sign of sterilisation but seeing our plates, cup and cutlery all wrapped in plastic was a first for us!
We had a short yet eventful few days in Beijing. Now time to escape the city smog and head to Xi’an for some warrior action - COMING ...
Today was a long drive to the Great Wall with the pollution levels on the motorway not really very nice. Once out of the city we had blue skies and the pollution levels dropped completely. On arrival we purchased our tickets and then joined the throngs walking on the wall. We had a choice of going up the steep, less populated direction or the busier yet still steep direction. We chose the less steep but crowded side. The view of the Great Wall was amazing, stretching far ...
... it moved towards the men with the poles. Once again more men were added, as manpower is something they have in immense supply in China. This time you could see the tractor ever so slowly start to right itself as the men grunted and pulled, until if finally settled with an enormous crash onto the sidewalk to the cheers and applause of the fifty or so tourists who stopped to watch. After the end of the show I walked down to the shuttle bus to rejoin ...
Strangely, I just woke up at eight-thirty this morning. I just got up and did laundry. It was the perfect opportunity to sleep in, but I much rather get things done.
I drank some tea that Emi gave me a few days ago. Then, I started on my homework. After an hour of work, I fell asleep in my bed.
So lazy to get up. Whatever to my homework. It was not until twelve that I finally decided to prepare my presentation for class.
It was around two ...
... too. There was lots of scaffolding and drilling going on anyway so I doubt it would have been as beautiful as it should be. None of us were overly upset but poor Justin felt he let us down. We reassured him as much as we could. We won't see this as we have to move on with the tour but oh well - next time!
We moved on to have a rickshaw ride through the centre of Beijing which was so much fun. We stopped at a place where a Chinese man let us into his own house and ...