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Waking up early, my stomach was craving for some Indian food. Luckily, I already made plans with Olivia and Lindsay to eat some for lunch today. After getting up, I ran some errands and then chilled in the third floor lounge.
As I was talking with the new people, I mentioned Olivia. Olivia shouted from the other room. So funny that I did not know that she was there. Then, Lindsay entered the lounge. She did not get my text about going later for ...
... but we have walked around Zhongshan Park which is just south of The Forbidden City. I never thought I would stand on The Great Wall of China. On Monday we went on a tour to the Mutianyu section which is about 90 km from Beijing. We went up on a cable car to the wall, and then had about an hour or so to walk and climb the numerous steps. It was an impressive sight to see the wall extend as far as the eye could ...
After lunch Mister Ji drove us to the Birds Nest and Water Cube to take pictures. Vendors have maximized on the popularity of the area and are there selling all sorts of things. We heard a lot of "hello hat, hello watch". From the Birds Nest we went to the Temple of heaven but because Mister Ji and Professor Lin thought it was too hot outside we went to the Hongqiao Market first. It is a 4 or 5 story souvenir shopping mall. The vendors are very aggressive and always tell people ...
... Today I had three ice creams, just to keep me walking, and to be honest at 5 yuan (50p) it's worth the calories! It's so nice that it is sunny though, as it has been so bloody miserable here in the rain. According the forecast it's not going to last, which we can't work out if it is a good thing or not, as lectures would be miserable in the heat...
Anyway, since I last updated (I just need to quickly check what I last wrote - although you don't ...
... at a local restaurant in the alley behind the hotel, and everyone agrees that it is the best meal of the tour so far -- heavy on the Sichwan spices, but delicious. The most famous dish is a hot pot that contains ox throat, and tripe and other unmentionables. Fantastic! And we top it off with a birthday cake for Rob, who has no doubt had a memorable day full of world ...
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