Farewell Beijing, Farewell China

Trip Start Mar 06, 2011
Trip End Apr 29, 2011

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Monday, March 14, 2011

We decide to have lunch at a restaurant that serves Arion's favourite food, steamed Dumplings!!!  We take our time and enjoy the four various dumplings of chicken, shrimp, beef and they are delicious.    Today is our last day in Beijing and we have about five hours to kill before heading off to the airport.  After lunch, we visit another  nearby food and souvenir market and it's amazing to see what they're selling as food, spiders, scorpions, sea horses.  The kids were fascinated with scorpions as they were still moving  on the skewer sticks.  We continue on and walk through the back streets of Beijing city to see some of the Hutong's which are Local courtyards where residents live.  It's quite cold again today with the wind factor making it even worse, we continue walking through the side streets until we reach Tian'an Men Square.  There is some event taking place as the square is closed and there are people buzzing everywhere trying to get a glimpse of what's going on.  Soliders in green were marching up and down the side walk, I thought of taking a photo but when I saw others been told off, so I decided against it.   We decide to visit the park next to the square instead seeing as the square is closed, but again when I say park it's just an area where your suppose to walk around and enjoy the scenery as there are signs everywhere stating you are not allowed to lay down, jump etc in the park.  We make our way to the end and it's just to cold, so we catch a cab to a nearby shopping centre and enjoy something warm to drink and kill our remaining two hours.  As we arrive at Beijing Capital airport, it's another large Asian airport where we have to catch a monorail, bus to get to our plane.  It's a night flight and everyone manages to get 4-5 hours of sleep on a 7 hour trip, which has some pretty serious turbulence.  When we arrive in Delhi, it's 1:30am local time and 21 degrees, we clear immigration and customs very smoothly to then find our pick up service waiting there with my name.  We check in to hotel with nothing to sign as it's all prepaid and all collapse and go back to sleep.
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