Shichahai Sandalwood Boutique Hotel
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24 hrs later and we've arrived in Beijjing! Andy's set up a bed fit for a giant! And that suits us swell. Had a lazy day today, Andy lives near the financial district so checked out rem koolhaus's CCTV building and had something to eat in soho! Catching a night train to Datong with Andy and Georgia to see the hanging monastries and yungang caves tonight Here's a picture some where over Pakistan, beautiful sites like this only fuel my ...
... Lishi Hutong, Hutongs are alleyways which criss cross the centre of town. They are also what China is clearing to make way for tower blocks. They are very old, our room is a great size, compared to Tokyo, it is more than double the size for half the money! Most things seem a lot cheaper here.
I'm totally shattered, I seemed to have settled into traveling and don't seem to have 'wedding loss' as ...
... remembering. I spent hours yesterday memorizing the characters.
Then we a dictation, where the professor said something and we had to write the pinyin and characters. I forgot the characters for jiao and shenme mingzi because the statement was, "What is your name?" Beside not knowing that, I passed the dictation!
During the lesson, I struggled to read the characters without the pinyin. I was so lost, but ...
... else in Beijing. In the evening we went to a Yashow market to buy some new footwear after realizing we were going to walk a lot in China! A few hours and a lot of haggling later we both had new shoes – a pair of Nike/ 'verbu’ and North face, guaranteed to be counterfeit at 10% of the usual cost!
The following day we wandered through The Forbidden city, a huge complex of previous imperial palaces and gardens which were off limits to most people for ...
18th September 2012
Today we got up early to try and make it to the Forbidden City before the crowds. After sorting out our washing and walking to the main entrance it was about half nine and we had definitely got there late! There were so many people there it was quite unbelievable, it was just a good thing the place was so big. There were many tours full of Chinese tourists which was unusual to see, but we ...