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It's our last full day in Beijing and it is an easy day. No-one seems to have any after effects from the wall climb yesterday except perhaps for Rachel who says she has heavy legs. We don't have to meet until 10am this morning so we can have a later breakfast and. Short walk outside before we get on the bus. We start off in the Hudong or old Beijing. This is a picture of Beijing around 20 years ago before the high rise buildings. Angie, our local ...
... to take her hand. As I touched her hand the mask changed immediately causing me to jump and 'clutch my pearls' very dramatically much to the amusement of the other theatre goers.
Finally there was a kung fu show which was a dizzying fusion of coiled spring aggression, lithe undulations and feats of bravery such as breaking an iron bar on one of the performers heads. It was truly remarkable.
All in all it was a sometimes cheesy but fun night out.
... and hutong housing. Mao hired the most prominent architect in China, Liang Sicheng, a US trained professor at the local university to fulfill his vision of Beijing’s new image. Liang proposed preservation of the Imperial City and construction of a new one alongside. Mao didn’t favor that plan. Liang was out, Mao began to "improve" the capitol by removing the City walls, razing the hutongs, and building contemporary.
Beijing never ceases to amaze me with its shimmering beauty and ancient side streets balanced with the new. The Shichahai lake area and surrounding hutongs, as well as the ancient Bell and Drum Towers, made for a recent walking tour I embarked on thanks to my Camadian friend and colleague, Chatelaine. This was one part of Beijing I hadn't visited and thanks to the newest subway line built right near where ...
Up very early for breakfast before 2 hr coach drive to the Great Wall. The wall is some distance outside of Beijing and is everything that it is made out to be. Simply it is stunning.
We were fortunate in that it being winter the crowd is less so you can perhaps enjoy it somewhat more. It is a marvel in terms of its length and its size as it follows the contour of the mountains for miles on end. What we did not realise was that ...