Trip Start Jun 16, 2008
Trip End Jul 20, 2008

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Flag of China  , Beijing,
Sunday, June 22, 2008

Today I was on my own in Beijing.  For the first time I slept in late and watched Nertherlands lose in the EuroCup.

Eventually I ventured out of my hotel for what would be five hours of walking the streets of Beijing.  I have no idea how many miles I went but I am sure it was quite a bit.  The furthest point I reached from my hotel was Ditan Park.

On my way back toward my hotel I stopped at a computer place.  I don't know what else to call it.  It is not a cafe, and basically I am the only one using the internet.  There are probably over 200 computers and it is packed with mostly young Chinese guys smoking cigarettes and playing computer games all day.

On my way back to my hotel I got Chinese take out China.  That thought amused me!  I ate back in my room and relaxed.

At 6:45PM I was picked up for an evening tour.  For the third time I visited the Olympic site, but at least this time I saw it in the evening.  Also for the first time the bus stopped.  We stopped by the National Aquatics Center (the Water Cube).  Now that it was the evening it was lit up in ever changing colors on one side.  I also had great views of the Birds Nest.  We then drove by Houhai "bar street".  We drove past Tiananmen Square and I saw everything lit up there.  We then drove past the new news building (CCTV) which had a unique architecture.  From there we stopped at the National Grand Theater.  It was a large half oval and it looked like a large UFO.  Finally we stopped at what was left of the 580 year old City Wall.

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