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... Hall of prayer for good harvests is gorgeous! In the Long Corridor, which leads from this hall to the East gate, you can see elderly playing all sorts of card and board games. At the south of the park, there is the 5 metre high Round Altar, with its middle point symbolizing the centre of Heaven. Of course we had to take a picture there!
After the Temple of Heaven we took a taxi to the remains of the Ming-dynasty city walls. This strip of wall are the last remaining one, and ...
... to the bas of the wall and, after our chaperone Gloria told us that we had 2 hours to visit the wall and make our way back down, she would be "waiting for us in the coffee shop. Having been a tour guide myself, I understood why she would not be accompanying us on our trek - once you visit a tourist attraction multiple times, even if it is the Great Wall, it begins to lose its luster. Now I know I am not in shape. And I knew that this climb was going to test my endurance. But no ...
... Back at the room I had a celebratory mini-bar beer before heading to bed.
On the morning of the 31st I got a lift to the Great Wall. It took about 2 hours to get there, but I really enjoyed seeing the new sights from the car. Because I arrived there just after 8:00AM in the dead of winter, I was literally the only person there. It was so calm and peaceful. In order to get to the wall I had to walk up about 1,000 stairs, but I thoroughly enjoyed ...
... attention of everyone from the worms to the final product.
We then wrapped up our day at Tiananmen Square. There are new, huge digital movie signs on the square that are impressive. We had an adventure in keeping with the history of the square that we will tell stories about for years to come. But, we will leave that story for a future blog.
The day ended with most of us crashing, still feeling the effects of jet ...
... some of the characters or even that she wasn't after our tips -- it was the way in which we ordered our meals.
In China, when a group of friends comes to a restaurant, it's customary for one member of the party to order for everyone else, even if they're not paying for everyone else. That's why our waitress had given us only one menu, and that's why she was getting irritated when we kept passing it around. Lesson learned.
2) Umbrellas on ...