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... us more information about the dynasties of China. The Ming dynasty, ching and the many before. He gives us a brief history and goes on to tell us about the tombs we're about to visit. There are 13 Ming tombs in the area. All about 1-2km apart from each other. We are going to visit the largest one. Only 3 are open to the public and work is constantly going on. The tomb we visit is the tomb of emperor ju di. Photography is not allowed inside the main building out ...
... s picture) and I received pointers on how to do
selfies from the wonderful young people who are on this trip---I’m old
enough to be their mom and they are so kind and accepting and warm with
me. Youth, however, is so beautiful! How jealous I am that they have
so much of their lives ahead of them!
Today, back to Tian’anmen Square, time in the eye-popping Forbidden City, and a visit to the
Summer Palace, which was built by one of ...
... taking ;-) the walls are quite impressive although you can clearly see some maintenance was done pretty recently nevertheless still an awe inspiring site to see the walls like a snake going from mountain top to mountain top... In the evening had a dinner with Anthony and we had some cold jellyfied chicken with chilli which I enjoyed twice ;-) the bamboo rice was nice as it was place into a bamboo stick... The next day Saturday had a little ...
... We were shortly accompanied by a youth that Jason had been talking with on the bus who offered to help us find our way to Jinshanling. Although suspicious of his involvement with the scam, after a brief interrogation we managed to ascertain that we should have continued the journey to the bus station in order to acquire a second bus to Jinshanling.
We promptly waked back to the bus stop, and yet again we were accosted by the same bus company employee that had tried ...
... out, and it turned out we were within walking distance of a famous Beijing landmark: the Lama Temple. We headed off in that direction, passing the Russian Embassy on the way. No pictures… didn't want to take a chance of having the Chinese army guys stopping us. The building was monolithic, with a huge fountain in the front…. Also completely surrounded by a huge stone wall with razor wire. Eep.
We knew we were getting close to the temple, as ...