Travel Blogs from Beijing
... we rocked and rolled along. There were six conductors looking after the four of us and they spent the trip playing cards and shouting loudly. At least we had a compartment to ourselves and at about midnight we stopped at the Vietnam/Chinese border at Dong Dang (has a nice ring to it!) for immigration control. We had to leave the train with all our possessions in a hurry and enter a building to hand in our passports. After a while our passports ...
... capitals of China, for the first Emperor and several dynasties. It has a population of some 8 million - so it will be interesting to see how crowded we feel. David says that it is further behind economically than other parts of China - that modernization came earliest to the cities on the coast, and Beijing but he says it has lots to offer.
That's all for now. We only get internet at the hotels so my actual posting of these is probably a bit behind.
Having my ,final meal‘ (Thank you, Mami) in Switzerland is such a weird feeling. Somehow I still haven‘t quite registered what‘s going to happen. It's still surreal. Probably when I‘m standing in Ulaanbaatar my first thought will be ,Oh sh*t‘. And I don‘t think I‘m the only one who feels that way. :)
Well, better enjoy my last night in bed.
Man... The flight to Frankfurt must have been the ...
... it was only 90% humidity instead of 95% humidity! We took pictures, and then walked over to the Forbidden City. The huge crush of people was insane! It was even crazier when leaving the Forbidden City – all of the vendors in our faces wanting us to buy their stuff. As our tour guide George told us – just look straight ahead and do not engage them or we would be followed around all day! They refer to the street vendors as mosquitoes – ...
... many of Beijing's main streets. These days most hutongs are less residential and mostly filled with shops and restaurants inside the ornate doorways. We had just enough time to simply browse and stop inside a traditional tea shop for a tasting, before spotting the dark clouds and the pick up of wind. So with already tired feet (I'm not sure if it's the air or the physical push and shove of the metro, but Beijing seems to tire me physically, very quickly) we ...
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