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... one of China's five holiest mountains. Here sits a Tao priest, many of them we saw practising calligraphy, and every time someone comes into pray they ring a bell three times to clear the air of evil spirits. The spiritual version of a bell boy. We kept exploring the temples and poking our heads into random rooms. I left Laura chilling in one of the back courtyards, watching the staff bantering and flirting with each other, while I walked the perimeter peering ...
... sometimes looks like an old videogame in that one cannot see far ahead. The temperature's actually very pleasant, especially compared to many of the hotter places we've travelled to. There is also some sort of fluff that comes off trees that looks like cotton wool; wisps float in the air everywhere (even on the subway) and it looks like it's lightly snowing; rather pretty. We used the underground (very nice; quite like the one in Bangkok, complete with paranoid security checks on ...
... t take too long to get around, even going at a fairly slow pace. One thing that took me by surprise there was a fish swimming upside down.... I thought they only did that when their days were over.. (see the pic, sorry about the poor quality, it was quite dark in there, or the video).
Lunch was at a swanky restaurant for ...
... 09.30am Beijing time.
The airport shuttle took us into the city and we trundled our bags up into the main street. Aoife narrowly missed being knocked down by a motorbike as she ambled across the road. It was manic!..and freezing though sunny. After the 3rd attempt, a taxi driver could read Peter's Hotel directions and we all 5 squished into a taxi with our bags bungeed to the boot!!
Arriving early only 1 of our rooms were ready so we all headed ...
... the ticket for Sunday (an overnight trip), and paid them for an extra nights stay on Saturday night.
By the time I'd sorted this it was 12pm and I'd wanted to go to both the Temple of Heaven and the Forbidden City that day. I would have to be quick. I got the metro down to the Temple of Heaven, paid the entry fee (about £4) and went in. This was were the ancient Emperors would conduct various sacrifices and rituals to ensure good harvests. As is usual in China, there were ...