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A beautiful sunny day, unseasonably warm at 29C and we are off to see the Wall. The early start to beat the crowds is frustrated by the weight of traffic. We drive very slowly through the Northern suburbs, the main road is again flanked by roses and the high rise apartment blocks are set among trees and greenery. Outside the city is a flat plain with canals and what appear to be vast tree nurseries, all neatly tended. Later we get to the hills, where there are holiday ...
... tomorrow. So that will save the hassles for food tomorrow. Its now nearly 1 in the morning. So getting set for the night.
Final update tomorrow on our Trans Mongolian Express Experience
Not a bad nights sleep for our last night on board. Everyone was up early. Didn’t sleep too good myself for the first part of the night. It is now starting to rise in temperature. We are looking forward to ...
... where there is some English spoken, but not a lot.
How to not get run over by a car in Beijing:
Beijing is laid out in a grid, with large multilane streets at fairly regular (large!) intervals. On these bigger streets there are usually 2-3 lanes of car traffic each way, plus a 2-3 lane bike and motorcycle lane on either side. So these streets are wide, have a lot of disparate traffic, and take a while to get across. As in ...
... needle mushrooms tied together to sumptuous lamb to tofu skin, all of which are delicious. Char can be eaten at a restaurant, as street food, and even in the late hours of the night on Beida’s food street. My favorite char place is in Houhai, and last semester Stephen, Jake, Dylan and I would stop here for dinner before finding a music bar alongside the lake to listen to.
While the options are many, there are two that I will be sure to order every time. The first one ...
... the biggest attraction is, one massive Buddha 54 feet tall, made all from one piece. People prayed to this Buddha a lot!
The Temple of Confucius was also pretty cool although since it's a lot like the Lama Temple, it loses some appeal when visited second. Maybe if we had seen it before the Lama Temple we would have liked it better. The coolest part that is different from the Lama Temple is a long room where there are 4 or 5 rows of stone columns with ...
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