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... only. On either side of the large gate are slightly smaller gates. The larger of these two gates are for high-ranking officials. The other gate is for relatives. The smallest gate is for lower rank officials. Once on the courtyard, the emperor and his entourage must pass over a bridge. The bridge is organized the exact same way as the gates. Once over the bridge, we reach the Gate of Supreme Harmony, then the Hall of Supreme Harmony. This ...
... they had left though were 330Kuai each. There was no way we would spend that. After spending 2 hours in the train station we walked away with 2 train tickets to Beijing on the fastest high speed train for only 180Kuai each. While in the train station rain managed to flood the streets within seconds. It was like nothing we have ever seen before. We are just happy we stayed in Jinan for that extra night otherwise we would have been in Beijing when the flooding started ...
So after the long flight and jet-lagged sleep, the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology made us get up early for Mandarin lessons at 8:00 AM. Although I had learned some Mandarin before I came, the lessons were useful since we could interact with a native speaker in a teaching environment. Hopefully, the vocabulary can stick.
Chinese is entirely different from European languages and partly due to the lack of cognates, it can be challenging to learn ...
... shore of the lake to a Marble Boat so the ladies of the court
could take the air in inclement weather.
Tonight we have a visit to the Red Theatre to see an acrobatic show, the show is very good
with the finale being a ball shaped cage on stage in which 4
motorcyclists risk life and limb careering round! The Red Theatre
however is not particularly opulent, and the ladies loos were among the
worst we had to use.
...you can no longer tell them apart! I'm so culturally insensitive! But I must be honest. Yesterday I was at a bus stop when someone tapped me on the shoulder and I turned to see a familiar face. Initially my mind registered her as a girl from my work, so of course I was surprised to see her so close to my school, twenty minutes later... I realized who this actually was -- the girl I met in the park with the bunnies the day before. Oh life. Anyway, she's cool, I ...