Motel 168 Beijing Anzhen Bridge
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We flew to Beijing, China with a full played free one way trip. We stayed at the Motel 168 for $178.95 Chinese Yuan. For breakfast we went to Cafe De Sofa and had Shao Mai (which is a thick dumpling wrapper made of wheat, the normal filling in the north is rice and shitake mushrooms) for $10.69 Chinese Yuen, then for lunch we went to Dali Courtyard …
... arriving on Thursday after one of the worst, most uncomfortable flights of my life (where the meals choice was meatballs or go hungry – good job we both love IKEA!), we have been all over the city, hindered somewhat by a complete inability to get over jet lag and sleep through the night. From Tiananmen Square to the Forbidden City, the Summer Palace to the Temple of Heaven Park, Lama Temple to the National Museum, Jingshan Park to Ritan Park, street hawkers ...
... car crashed into a
crowd of people around midday and burst into flames in the square
just by Chairman Mou's picture. This crash killed five people, some
of whom were tourists, and injured around 40. At this stage they
don't know whether it was an accident or not. It must have happened
just after we left the area.Lilly then took us to a traditional tea house where a lovely young lady
made several different teas for us, all of which we quite enjoyed.
... was constructed by Emperor Qianlong but fell into disrepair during the Opium War when foreign forces stormed the palace grounds. It was only later in the 19th Century that the Empress Dowager restored this place to its former glory, using the funds from the Navy, resulting in the fall of the Qing Dynasty in the later years
Here you will find the Yulan ...
... Taking the boat back gets us a great view of the temple up on the hill, which is barely noticeable from the banks. It's perched up high above the shore upon the dirt removed to make the lake, and it's stunning. We have some time to ourselves in the gardens and take a bridge over to the island and take 20 minutes to wander through. On the drive from the Summer Palace we make a quick stop at a silk factory. The process of silk production ...