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... and had dinner at home.
Day 2: July 10, 2014
One of the highlights of our trip to China was supposed to be the Great Wall, a symbol of Chinese civilization, and one of the wonders that the Chinese people have created. For any reason, we didnīt want to leave it for the last day of my parentsī stay in China. There was simply no way they could go back to the Czech Republic without visiting such a fascinating site.
Before we realized our trip to ...
... and I avoided this) before entering the room in which his body is kept. His body was in a glass cabinet with his head glowing orange and, knowing that Mao had died in 1976, we were unsure as to whether that really was his body or whether it was covered by a wax sculpture as some people believe. Yet again, we were the only white people around and so people frequently took out their phones and took pictures of us as we walked past. Next, still dressed in our respectful, ...
... Free 5.0 shoes for $50.
We then went to an electronics store and purchased a samsung galaxy tablet with keyboard ($180), samsung galaxy S4($220) and an iPhone 5S ($200).
After our shopping expedition we went and had lunch at Sarpino's Pizzeria at the silk market. Very nice pizza, doesn't seem right to come to china and have pizza for lunch.
We caught a taxi back to our hotel, dropped off ...
... at the hostel there was a board warning people about the numerous different scams known to be in operation. They included one where foreigners are approached and asked to go and see an art exhibition by some local students. Once there they are aggressively pressured to buy art. Another involves being invited to go and sample teas for free before then being presented with some ridiculous bill and forced to pay it by nasty people.
On my way out of the station and towards ...
... to that point, but also one of the most fascinating. The first day of classes, my professor gave all of the students Chinese names in Chinese characters. I went back to my dorm and practiced mine, pronounced ban ze kai, for almost an hour, filling up sheets and sheets of paper with the same three characters until I had them memorized.
My relationship with the language was not always so positive, however. There were times it could be incredibly frustrating, ...