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... time. I celebrated with a beer and my favourite pre-train snack: spicy bean, lotus and peanut salad.
I finished my snack just in time and sat beside some very excited people who chatted me up for a few hours until they got to their stop. The rest of the time I was drifting in and out of consciousness until I got to Beijing.
Visited a Jade factory/shop on the way to the wall. Guides are required by the Government to take you to these tourist shops. The exhibits are amazing but so are the prices. They knock down the purchase price by 30% every time if you barter. Was able to resist the Jade even though there were wonderful jewellery. Long journey to the Great Wall (2 hours) due to the Labour Day traffic which felt like all Beijing getting out of the city with us. Our ...
... wait in the rain for a good thirty minutes until Frank gets the authorities to put out a tannoy announcement.
The place is heaving with tourists, the overwhelming majority of whom are Chinese. Keeping groups more or less together through the tour is a challenge for the guides. Frank has a pole with a placard for us to follow, although we find some of our colourful umbrella designs more helpful. The Chinese generally opt for group hats, which would ...
... t be a lama if you marry. We all took the subway to the shopping district where Kalie and I had a Ball bartering! Kalie got a pair of Nike shoes for 120 yen so like 15 us. She got some Toms shoes for 50 yen less than 10 us. We then went to a family's restaurant for lunch and had more Chinese food and we actually got spring rolls! ;) Jessica are ...
... mean..yeah..this is the capital of China, but Lord have MERCY I CAN'T MOVE. It was so cool though. I learned a ton about Chinese history from our cute little guide, and we went through an underpass to The Forbidden City. Pictures spell the rest of the story out. We got dinner after, and you'll see a weird spiky food that is pig stomach. We all did it. It was flavorless and chewy, but the sauce was THE BOMB. Hah. I gotta go. I'm outta here. I'll hit you up later. More to do. ;)