Home Inn (Beijing Xiao Xi Tian)
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... t quite the case, as most people were still open to bargain, but not to bargain as much as before.
We returned to the hotel to get ready for dinner at Black Sesame Kitchen, one of the best restaurants in Beijing. It's located in a hutong, and part of its charm is finding it. With Margaux in charge of navigation, we found it with ease. Margaux's friend Alice and Alice's colleague Steffi completed our little group for the evening. It has ...
... lived here. Emperors rarely left the Forbidden City and so they became detached from the lives and needs of the people they ruled over. Their lives were governed by an extraordinary taste for luxury and excess. For instance, a single meal could have fed several thousand of the impoverished peasants - while the emperor enjoyed 100 dishes for a single seating! Because it was so important for the dynasty to remain ...
... When lunch was over we headed off to the Ming Tombs. I was asleep about five minutes after we got into the car. It was a long ride to the tombs and I woke up here and there to look around before falling back asleep. When we got to the tombs I was disappointed that Jinling wasn’t coming in to explain things to me but I had done well at the wall on my own and I would do fine here as well. When you first walk in it looks like most every other park ...
... Emi screamed, "Is that Valentina?"
I looked up and it was Valentina. We screamed her name. Valentina walked over to our table and said hi. She was there with her French man.
I walked with Valentina to meet her boyfriend He was very charming.
Then I returned to my table. Hours later, Emi, Natasha, and I left to go to Cold Stone. I did not get anything. So wanted ice-cream.
We took a taxi back to campus.
Well the sun was out in full force and we were ready for a long day of touring the city.
Buffet breakfast was a good start and then Catherine (our tour guide for the next 2 days) picked us up outside our hotel.
Our first stop was the Temple of Heaven....it wasn't exactly what we expected because our first sight was couples dancing to music in a park like area, old men painting chinese symbols with giant brushes on the floor and others playing ball games and card ...