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... Conrad in Beijing, we headed out to the Temple of Heaven, which is actually a large park and complex containing many temples, altars, and halls. Even more than the Great Wall, perhaps, it was the one site in Beijing I was most looking forward to seeing because of its stunning Ming architecture.
Many of the structures were built around the year 1420, with some reconstruction and rebuilding along the way. They were essentially divine sites where the emperor would visit to ...
... The mirrors in the room steamed up. Or maybe they just froze up. Anyway quite used to showers like that over the years in Uniform. It was wet and it done the job.
Our shower seems to be the only one that is working. Think there will be a shower party later. LOL.
We went down to the Restaurant car, or Café car . Had a beer and a chat to the couple next door. They are from Holland. They are heading ...
... walk through (and we were only allowed to walk on the right hand side [apparently there is a missing ear on the left]). It's our second embalmed communist leader - just one more to get the set (unless they embalm Castro, them we'll have to go to Cuba!)
As we came out it started raining. And boy did it rain! It didn't stop all day, so we are now the proud owners of disposable ponchos. Though from the number of people wearing them I think ...
... there are 3 large circular platforms, and in the center of the top platform lies one small circular where the Emperor would finally stop to pray. Nothing I say right now can explain the feeling of being there today. I could go on and on about all I learned and the meanings of this and that, but none of that compares to the experience of being there. Even though it rained almost the entire time we were there, it was magnificent.
After lunch ...
... 8221; he asked
We all nodded vigorously.
“OK this way” he said with with a wave of his long skinny arm.
We happily joined his family and followed him along. It turns out that he had been in China for seven years and was quite comfortable speaking the language and navigating the transport. We went along the road for some time until we came to an old watch tower. This is where the real 919 busses are. We would have ...