Home Inn (Beijing Jiaodaokou)
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... sign for Dairy Queen! At that point we were overwhelmed with nostalgia (and possibly by the fact that we didn’t have breakfast) so we decided that the Olympic stuff could wait while we darted inside and procured a couple of Oreo blizzards.
So with that craving satiated we made our way to the official Olympic complex nearby and began to take in the awesome sight of the Birds Nest stadium and The Bubble swimming complex. These were two of the most iconic ...
... we have ever seen lines the massive highways. You could glimpse splendid ancient gardens hidden behind gated residences, with coloured ancient arches guarding their secret entrances. And this is before we got to the hotel! The hotel, The Peninsula, was gorgeous with an imposing front entrance and lobby. Our rooms are spacious and lovely, no complaints. We have explored our surrounds and done a little shopping. One of the shops we visited was an authentic tea room. The ...
... Maddie and I walked around the zoo for a bit more looking at a few more animals, and then we decided to leave. As we were leaving the zoo and walking towards the subway, an older Chinese man motioned to us if he could take a picture with us. We nodded and then the group of older men and women he was with grouped around us. They were all so excited, and were acting like we were celebrities. After they took pictures, they all grabbed our hands ...
... driver arranged by our friend Dale, and off we went to the Kerry Centre Hotel, a lovely 5* Shangri La hotel in the CBD area. 700 people were at the ball, and we walked in to be served bubbly & Murphy’s, and stood there for a while people watching, and admiring all the beautiful dresses (worn by very pretty and very skinny Chinese girls – unfair!). We bumped into loads of people we knew which was great, and then headed in for dinner. A great 4 course meal was ...
Xi'an, a place with more than 3,100 years of history. It's name 西安 (Xi'an) literally means "Western Peace". The people I saw there were very laid back and easy going.
We got to see the terracotta warriors.. they were soooo awesome!!!
We also tried some traditional foods off the street.
One night we went to see a Tang Dynasty show... there was dancing... singing... art... and acrobatics!
I enjoyed visiting Xi'an :D ...