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... size: 17px; line-height: normal; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto;">We leave Beijing tomorrow so goodbye to snow boots and my virgin train coat.
... photos with us, they have no idea what we are saying, nor do we know what they are saying but there is an international language via photos that leaves you with a great big smile an exchange of thumbs up or a hand shake of appreciation. After dinner we narrowly just made it to the bullet train to get back to the hotel. Tomorrow we go to the Great Wall of china.....so I better say goodnight as there will be another big day of walking ahead. All our luv Cate and Erica ...
... hands were too numb to take pictures! We had a quick stop in the Hutong area, the last bastion of traditional houses in Beijing. We rode in a rickshaw, and luckily, the driver covered us in a warm blanket so we could enjoy the scenery. From my perspective (Lili's too), the best part of the day was our late afternoon hot pot dinner. We all put this in the top three meals of our trip. Each of us were given a hot pot of boiling water, and our guide ordered probably 10 or so ...
... the night before, so the air was clearer than normal and we were able to see the mountains and surrounding area.
There was a film crew on the wall, apparently filming a segment to a miniseries. We found ourselves waiting in one of the towers, where it was cooler.
Interesting things we noticed/learned of the wall...
Although is serves as a complete wall between China and former Mongolia, it ...
... in the Red Army around Tiananmen look like boys; the Chinese people are generally kind and helpful; I saw very few Westerners as it is an off season for tourism; don't try the pig intestines.
That's it for now. I am waiting at the airport for Rob to fly in from Qingdao and then we catch an all night flight to Istanbul. There will not be much sleep for the next couple days.