Travel Blogs from Beijing
Let loose on our own in Beijing we decide to take on the challenge of negotiating the underground. We find the station at only the second go and realise with relief that once again we can thank the designer of the London Tube map for coming up with the ubiquitous multicultural format: this means that we are able to point intelligently to our destination station when asking for tickets.
The subway is large, clean, ...
... br> April 18 Happy Birthday Jack!Woke up early around 6:30 and went down for breakfast, which offers any kind of food you would possibly want - Canadian breakfast, Chinese, or European. We went for the Chinese fruits, and stir fried eggs. After breakfast, we wandered out on to the streets. We were trying to get to a park near us but decided to try to get there by the back lanes. Turned into a rather elegant street with gates, that had ...
... stayed in, it is overheated and washing dries very
quickly. Once again we found we were too tired and too well fed to
bother about dinner so we organised our things and had an early night
ready to meet Lilly next morning.Monday the 28th of
October – The breakfast had
to be seen to be believed. Pete estimates that there were anything up
to 100 hundred different dishes, mainly Chinese but bacon etc as
well. I will have to take my ...
... bottom of the Mutianya section of the wall at about 10 and our tour leader took us over to the map to give us the options of where to go, how long it takes and where and when to be for lunch. Before he told us all this he started his talk with "f**cking stupid cars; always in the way" as a massive people carrier had parked in front of the map! His voice just made anything sound funny but this just made Kevin and I laugh a lot!
We went for the easier option to ...
... buildings. The well-tended gardens and pavilions border the Kunming Lake, and we could see a great many lotus plants, some of them in bloom with the distinctive pink flowers.
It was very pleasant walking along the water side; in fact we hadn't seen much water at all since we'd arrived in China, and our swimming costumes remained unworn for this trip. We enjoyed a refreshing ice lolly as we strolled along in the shaded walkways.