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... through the halls.
We then had lunch at a café in the Cultural Centre, some pasta washed down with a Tsingdao and then returned to the hotel along Nathan Road. We did stop at a Marks and Spencers in one of the shopping centres and made our only purchases, a belt for Fletcher and a nice polka dot top for me. Back at the hotel we rested and I wrote my first blog entry then we joined Yvonne, Geoff and Pauline for drinks on the 15th Floor. This is ...
... marching up and down the freezing airport a dozen times, phoning the hostel god knows how many times, we found our driver, who was quick to point his angry finger at us! On the drive to the hostel it was clear we'd left the wild streets of Nepal and India behind. You've never seen more organised roads than this, at one stage we were on a road with 16 lanes, no horns tooting, that alone made us glad! It all looked very western and new, we went to bed quite exited about exploring ...
... to be haunted for the rest of my life :(
- Toured an amazingly large and detailed wax museum of the Qing Dynasty
- BUS TOUR concluded with us being dropped off at Olympic Park where Claire and I had a nice time walking around the Olympic Stadium and Pool for a while before taking a taxi back to hotel for the night
Day 3 (Oct. 21) - Tienamen Square and Area
- Took a moxi (motorcycle taxi) downtown to the Forbidden City and cut through traffic like ...
... for Mao, a huge pillar symbolizing something and the building everyone knows so iconically with Chairman Mao's picture. Angela spoke so favorably of Mao, and the square, and Mao's first speech, and the ten year anniversary - but Josh and I were both struck by what she said nothing about - the more brutal history tied to that square.
Walking through Tiananmen square brings you into the Forbidden City, divided into a mens section and a womens section (both open to the ...
... have 3 or 5. The Hall of Supreme Harmony has 10, the only building in the country to be permitted this in Imperial times. As a result, its 10th statuette, called a "Hangshi", or "ranked tenth" , is also unique in the Forbidden City. The collections of the Palace Museum are based on the Qing imperial collection. According to a 1925 audit, some 1.17 million pieces of art were stored in the Forbidden City. In addition, the imperial libraries housed countless rare books ...