Super 8 (Beijing Xuan Wu Men)
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... the train station to buy tickets is twice as long and ten times more frustrating if, after queuing up for half an hour, spending 20 minutes trying to translate your journey to finally get everything ready to book, it turns David forgot the passports.
Dave's Transport stats so far:
Planes used - 1
Buses used - 3 (+2)
Trains used - 3
Metros/subways used - 13 (+12)
Cars used - 3 (+1)
Russian Campervans used 1
Horses used - 1
Camels used - 1
... A dim sum type dinner tonight (so I REALLY won't know what we are eating) and a Tsang Dynasty show, which David says you have to experience once, but assures us we will like more than the Peking Opera, which drew quite a laugh from some of the crowd
I have to say that David is really a good guide, and very open to discussing anything. We have talked about the one child policy (no longer in effect - you can have two, more brings some ...
Flew via Schiphol, arrived in Beijing 5am
As expected the air is not like the air in Scotland ;) can you tell from the pics?
Today we spent a rather long time trying to get to hotel...
The journey by local bus from airport to train station was easy - its quite nice being the only westerners on a bus full of Chinese locals... much prefer it to tour buses and taxis... as ...
... the ground. The 15 layers were placed for protection because the emperor was afraid his enemies would dig tunnels under the ground and come through to assassinate him. The giant doors have 9x9 golden nob decorations because the number 9 is lucky. Justin said the Chinese word for 9 sounds very similar to the word for longevity. The emperor is represented by a dragon and the empress is represented by a phoenix. The dragon and the phoenix (in legends) have 9 ...
... gate so we can ride together to school. The gate that surronds the apartment building has a electronic pad and you have to use a sensor to exit or enter the gate. It is a safety feature here in China and there is also a guard at each gate. Though some of the guards I don't think do much because there are some mornings I need help getting through the gate. All I ask is just once, if he would hold the gate open for me. It is not a difficult task ...
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