Orange Hotel Beijing Xizhimen
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... are basically underground palaces that were built to house the stone caskets of the emperor and empress of China after they died. Above the "palaces" are beautiful pagodas.
Kyle and I visited one of the Ming Tombs 13 years ago on our China tour. I wanted to take Sharon back to view it as it was impressive and interesting. Unfortunately, our guide took us to a different tomb that is today's most popular tomb. Not sure why as it ...
... all understood that we were know in for a marathon, not a sprint. The 777 we were on reflected the trip we were in for: 9 seats per row, over 280 passengers on board, three full meals to be served, and an in-flight entertainment menu when read like a fully loaded Apple TV. The food was excellent, everyone in our group was really able to get to know each other, and getting up to move around the airplane was quite easy. In fact, the flight was so smooth that it hardly ...
... also food stalls, some of which is OK, some not (scorpions on a stick anyone?!) We head out to a local food court – again, it’s a bit mad and chaotic, and clearly aimed at locals – none of the menus are in English, and regardless, as veggies we’re always likely to struggle! But with help from Leah we find an excellent Sichuan stall and enjoy fresh hot-pot-style noodles and veggies – tasty and cheap-as-chips! Perfect! We return to the ...
We did find the Forbidden City and were stumped by how many foreign people were there. Suddenly we did not stand out as much. Karlie and Emma brought themselves some ice cream, which people just sell on the street, and it doesn’t seem to melt until you get it out of the package.
There were several people offering themselves as guides, but we declined. The entrance fee was 60 RNB for normal people and 20 RNB for Students, which ...
... tail between their legs realising that evening bowling & beer is an integral part of their success!!
Went for a wander into town later in the afternoon, then food & wine at the Blue Frog, before finishing the evening in our usual bar, the First Floor. Really weird just being the two of us as most of our friends have gone home.
On Friday night a guy we’d met through Internations a few times & become friends with, slipped on the ...