Home Inn (Beijing Dewai)
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... despite the price (not-so-thrifty). So we did so, along with a big pot of Jasmine Tea, and sat back to wait. Not long after, an army of duck carvers marched into the dining hall behind serving trolleys. When ours arrived, our carver began taking the duck to pieces in front of us. He snapped off the head at the neck, and began removing the skin, which was incredibly crispy and flavoursome. Piece by piece the duck was served to our table, along with pancakes, cucumber, chilies, ...
... much as we ate until we couldn't eat any more, about three hours later, Dad, Steve, Craig, James, Rita, Laura, Hayley and I ran for a sneaky Maccas run. Shhhhhh!
Later in the evening, I went to the apartment of my classmate Maureen, where she put on a Christmas party for our class. We danced around, ate wonderfully made home cooked food, and chatted in a variety of languages. Maureen had a huge world map on her wall, and we ...
It wasn't so bad. Apart from the fact it refilled so had to use our own needles and syringes later down the line to redrain it :-(
Later that day we met back up with JT to head to bug street! And bug street we found! Scorpions that were still alive on sticks! Starfish! Then witedgy grubs, beetles, tarantulas, ...
... the shopping district and a market in wangfujing where they sold fried starfish and scorpions. The smell was unbearable so couldn't stay long but it was interesting enough. For dinner went to haidilo which was a hot pot restaurant where you ordered a broth to go in the centre of your table and then cooked all of your ingredients in it. No one spoke English and the menu you ordered from was in Chinese so there was a lot of pointing at pictures. We are also not sure if Chinese ...
... and aerobics go on simultaneously to the same gentle Chinese pop music.
On Wednesday we were starting to recover from jetlag, and went to visit the nearby Lama temple, a temple dedicated to Tibetan Buddhism. There was a lot of incense being burned, with a bothersome amount of smoke on a hot and fairly windy day, colourful halls, prayer wheels, and a room full of red-robed monks who arrived wearing Roman centurion type crests, which they removed ...
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