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... there are marks and stains on those walls that we wouldn't even want to begin describing to you), but there it was, a nice firm handrail drilled into the wall to keep us steady. Now that was a slight relief! The 66 beds in our carriage were in bay's of 6 with top, middle and bottom bunks - no walls, no curtains and absolutely 100% no privacy, all squashed into one very warm and very stuffy carriage. We soon realised that there would be no sleep for the next 12 hours, as all ...
... that her family had been quite wealthy before 1949 and had most of their various properties confiscated but were allowed to live in this one, which consisted of 9 1/2 rooms around a courtyard. Sometime in the 1980s, they were actually given the deed back to the place, so they now own it. Quite lovely on the inside. Organized according to principles of Feng Sui, which she explained. We talked about her family - she had one son who had ...
... the vast number of pearls on sale.
Later that night we went for a 5 min walk round the corner to see Tiananmen at night… and arrived just in time to see the fountain display.
See the 'slightly large' bowl of flowers in Tiananmen square?
My pictures & vids don’t really show just how busy it was – I just can’t get over the difference between coming here ...
... Justin informed us that Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, and the Temple of Heaven were all built on the same meridian line. Although it's not a modern meridian line, it is a meridian line that the ancient Chinese people believed in. They also believed the center of the Forbidden City was the center of the universe where the emperor could speak to the gods. The Forbidden City was for the royal family and the high-ranking political officers to stay in. It ...
... couple beers (as per usual), and a bunch of grillables. A plate of various cuts of lamb (including a few rack chops, belly, raw kidney (!), and marinated shoulder slices), a plate of mixed veggies (taro, potato, zucchini, sweet potato), a plate of mixed mushrooms (kings, oysters, shiitakes, marinated cinnamon caps?) and just because we could, a plate of crispy smelts, fried with flour and full of roe. Yum!
We were brought a number of side dishes (as ...
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