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This morning we woke early to leave for the train.
We are lucky to have been in Shan Dong for many of the reasons already listed in previous posts but another reason is the efficiency and convenience of the bullet train. It was a great experience and so much easier than flying. We arrived in Beijing quickly and with no issues.
We met again with Tour Guide Tom whose job it was to show ...
Another high speed train ride and we arrived in Beijing within 5 hours late the next afternoon. A full day of touring was planned for early the next morning.
We wandered through Temple of Heaven Park with its enormous grounds, now home to dancers, singers, card players, tai chi masters, badminton games and a host of other outdoor activities. We did not have to fight too many crowds to enter Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City and Robert was able to see ...
... of you who just want to see the Wall.)
Next stop was lunch at a local authentic Chinese restaurant located by the Wall. Lots of vegetables but it was all quite good. The group sitting together have all meshed quite well.
Back to the hotel where I immediately took a shower and washed everything I have. All my clothes were still damp from hiking the wall. At this rate I will need to wash clothes soon. But as on all tours, soon it was time to head out again. More Chinese ...
... and unfortunately the lady who was about 10 toboggans in front of us had been using her brake the whole way down and this had caused a backlog. This led to us going at snails pace for the last 500 metres! It was still great fun though and not really how I thought I would be getting down from the Great Wall of China!
On the way to the restaurant where we were due to meet the rest of our tour group, we passed lots of stalls trying to sell their wares. At the Kung ...
On arriving at the airport we quickly realised whilst some signage is in English the majority of people don't speak it. Whilst John went to the toilet Rhianwyn guarded the bags (which we had taken off the trolley and put on a bench). A lady came up and in Chinese said something which I took to be, "Can I take this trolley?" Nodding I waved my hand in a shooing motion, meaning take the trolley away. She looked surprised, about turned and walked off - maybe ...