Beijing - I have got tickets yeah baby
Trip Start Jul 10, 2008
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On my way to Beijing from Tokyo i am stting in the airport lounge and guess what i am sitting nest to the entire New Zealand Olympic swimming team and in the plane i end up seating next to the guy who is tenth in the world in 100m butter fly,I couldnt believe it - What a start!!!!!!. I also saw two Argentian Tennis players - Canas, Nicolas Lapentti
It is hard to put in to words what a sight it is, it is absolutley incredible. I still do not understand how you fathom tp build such a thing. To call it great is an undestatement and a wall seems silly. It is something i have always wanted to see and it didnt disappoint, if you are ever in beijing you have to go and once you do you will understand why.
I decided to do the hike for four hours for the Great wall as it meant you got to see alot of the wall that had not been reconstructed. This did mean you had to be redy to leave the hostel at 6.30am!!! as the bus ride was 3 hrs to get there. The hike was not that difficult as you go at your own pace and you take it quite a few breaks, not just because your tired, but to take in the views. It was slightly clouded over which was a shame as the pictures dont truly reflect the amazing sight,but i think that is only the case if you are actually there
Temple of Heaven and Summer Palace
The Temple of Heaven is a cool place togo to, it is where in the Ming dynasty they use to pray here to the gods for a good harvest, through the sacrifice of animals and other rituals. It is a nice place to explore however it does get slightly overcrowded due to the many tourists. While exploring there are a few cool little acts going on, people singing, dancing, playing chinese games, it was nice to see and you are encouraged to take part.
The Summer Palace is stunning, it is truly beautiful, the palace is surrounded by beautiful gardens and a stunning lake. it is a place where you can easily spend a day.The chinese peolpe are so frienndly and they willl come up to you and just take pictures as they have seen so few foreigners. It is strange at first but they are just intrigued beacsuse you look so different to what they are use to.
Olympics so far
I got tickets - yeah baby.Actually i better not talk too soon as i hope they are real but i am sure they are as i know so many people that have got tickets from this website. I will be going to Handball. Weigtlifting and Boxing, i cant wait.
I did try and go to tiamen square for the olympic ceremony but it was all blocked off and trains wouldnt even stop there. I decided to watch it at the hostel instead, the atmosphere was cool but i did miss Great Britain, which was a bummer
The nightlife has been excellent, i have been going to this roof terrace where they have a live latino act play- awesome.The atmosphere is brilliant and latin people know how to party, and i have met some really cool mexican and spanish people in the hostel.Although i prob look like a clown dancing to latin music as they can move.
Well i will update beijing more, after i go see some games 2mrw and the day after and i have plans to go see the forbidden city.