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Day two in Beijing and I seem to be trying to set a record for the most activities you can pack into one day. I started with a visit to the Forbidden City with a most useful audio tour as my companion. I then climbed up the hill that comprises Jingshan Park. As the entire geography of Beijing is as flat as a mahjong board this hill comes as quite a surprise. I read on the information board that it was constructed from the soil which was excavated to make the 50m moat around the ...
... I went to the basement lounge to do my paper. Virginia was there studying for her midterm. For an hour, I got some things done.
Then, I decided to go check out the fashion school for a bit. It was so sunny today. No way did I want to be stuck inside today.
So, I decided to wear basketball shorts, sneakers, and my light jacket. Not fashionable, but whatever. When I stepped on the campus of the ...
... me that my personality was rubbing off of her too.
A couple minutes later, I went to meet Bethany to eat dinner at Munch. Chloe came along too and it was my first time eating dinner with her. At Munch, the owner Bill was there too. We talked about a couple of things. Bill told us about a documentary called On the Road to Fame. It is about the filmmaker following two students at a famous performance school for three years from them leaving their villages to ...
... entrance of the Forbidden City and Tiannamen Square. On the way we went past the "White House" of China via a lovely walkway with lanterns and lights in the trees. The entrance to the Forbidden City was full of people, who, we found out, were waiting to watch the lowering of the flag. Across the street is Tiannamen Square.
We walked there and then rode the subway back. It was a lot of fun. Twice I got asked to pose in pictures with people. So weird.
The summer palace was once a playground for the imperial court fleeing the suffocating summer heat of the Forbidden city, with its huge lake, hilltop views and energising walks offers a beautiful escape into the landscapes of traditional chinese painting.
We didn't realise that the lake was a four hour walk with stops at temples and palaces and after the great wall yesterday we were a little sore but we soldiered on.