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... City was closed for some military function but we were able to at least stand on ib the square and see Mao's portrait in the distance. Home to 24 emperors over almost 500 years, the Forbidden City is officially known as the Palace Museum. It was opened to the public in 1949. We took the subway to get there.
A local bus took us to the Temple of Heaven where the emperors would pray for a good harvest. The weather looked dicey and the heavens did indeed open up, skewing ...
... woman lucky to be 50kgs wet. We investigated a local family's house, which after their daughter had recently married was just for the birds, cats, dog and the old couple, what a great set up, rooms centered around a private courtyard. The only down side was no bathroom or toilet, it's communal and every lane has one, generally the smell alerts you of it's location. Tracey had booked a rickshaw ride for us and it was interesting, but I liked the local ...
... lasted an hour. The English subtitles were not super helpful, the stories were confusing and to be honest, the singing got on my nerves real quickly. I love going to shows and musicals, but now I know, I definitely need to stick to the Western form of that entertainment. I surely respect these Asian performances because they are rooted in a deep culture...just not mine.
All in all, this trip was spectacular and we couldn't have picked a better ...
June 3 2013
No idea why they call the series of Books " Lonely Planet”, especially the China edition as "Lonely is a term which is difficult to use in China. Beijing being is a city of about 16 million people I have been told and China in general with a population of 1.3 billion and counting, is definitely not a Lonely Planet here.
I will come back to the Lonely Planet later.
This morning I had a chance ...
... queue I've seen actually operate like a queue in Beijing) The queue today is made up of 999 Chinese and 1 British bloke all wanting to catch a glimpse of an embalmed, pickled and generally dead Mao. It's a surreal experience. There are plenty of guards on duty, people lay flowers at his statue in a room with enough potted plants already. Then you move slowly through to see an open topped coffin, a sheet and a body all covered under glass. If that indeed is ...