Shanshui Trends Hotel Beijing Hangtianqiao
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... details and we were able to check in. Once we were in the room we set about trying to contact people to figure out what had happened, and more importantly make sure that tomorrow's tours - which according to the generic tour itinerary included the Great Wall in the morning, then Forbidden City and Tian an Min Square in the afternoon. After updating Skype credit, and spending around 40 minutes on hold on the Flight Centre 24hr hotline we got through and were able ...
... but certainly could have been better. We had a lovely pleasant chat, then wandered back off to our hotel in the dark. It gets dark by about 6pm at this time of year, sometimes even 5ish. It's amazing how many of the bikes and scooters have no lights on them, and no-one wears helmets. We saw the aftermath of an accident between a bike and a car today, the two people arguing about it. Anyway, we stopped and wondered if it was even colder than it had been ...
Our day began earlier as we drove about an hour and a half to Mutianyu, a newer access point to the Great Wall. This was built in the early 1400's and is visable from space. It is over 5000 miles in length. Imagine a wall going from New York to LA and then back to Chicago. On the drive there we learned about the "wing woads" that surround Beijing. We heard the history of the People's republic beginning in 1949. ...
... I do miss Colorado, but I am happy that I am doing something new in my life.
Expect a new blog about the Silk Road once I return in two weeks.
Funny story: A guy named Lance wanted to sing "Benny and the Jets" when he found out what my name was. That brought me back to freshmen year of college when people began singing that to me the month after school started.
Side note: I met one ...
... garden and next to Buddist temples and gates quite ornamented. We saw the special barges that go from one end of the Park to the island in the middle. After we run out of walkways, we ask how to go to the Stupa and they told us that we had to go out into the street and walk half a block to find the way to the White Stupa. It was a tiring ascend. It seems that one is ...