Orange Hotel Beijing Xizhimen
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... Jade for yourself, it is bad luck. You must have it purchased for you as a gift. Needless to say, Kamie did not get a gift today. Also, we learned Jade is available in 7 different colors and is a very important status symbol to the Chinese. When you marry into a family, you usually get a piece of family Jade. Some of the larger carved Jade items had small glasses of water sitting by them in the cases ~ this is also superstitituous ~ it is to bring out all ...
... on the east side was the length of the east wall!
Obligatory photo with Mao on Tianamen Gate. The square was very busy with huge numbers of people coming to look at the gate and on through to the Forbidden City. The gate is important as this is where the Communist Revolution's success was announced. The square is enormous, a huge road runs through close to the gate, and the main square is surrounded with large formal buildings including ...
... we did not have any wifi in the room, and I could not find a way to turn my computer into a wireless “hotspot” (it is simple for computer to computer through ad-hoc mode, but not all tablets will connect to an ad-hoc connection from a computer), we went to a nearby pizza place to utilize their wifi and grab dinner.
· We got a pizza margherita and I got a chicken sandwhich. ...
... the 'she’ll accept the price I offered if I walk away slowly’ manner (she didn’t), even with his self-esteem damaged, he shamelessly returned to the same tea shop and tried again. That, my friends, is the art of haggling. (If you’re wondering, Craig did indeed walk away with said jasmine tea).
Check out these cool, impractical lighters we found:
There was ...
... practicing Chinese than finding any job opportunities—many of the jobs were for current positions in Beijing. (Maybe in a year or two I will look into those.) Tomorrow morning we are going to a teahouse, which sounds pretty exciting—I will see if it’s the same teahouse from last semester. Hopefully it’s a different teahouse but hey, all tea is good tea!
Before Spring Festival Stephen had mentioned one of the teachers would keep him ...