Beijing - Day 3
Trip Start Jun 02, 2005
35Trip End Jul 05, 2005
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We visit a Tibetan Hospital in the morning. It sounded interesting at the start, but in the end, it was another place where they wanted you to buy their goods. Luckily, it was only targetted at the older people, but either way, it wasn't time well spent.
We moved on to this dude's mansion afterwards. Allow me to tell you a bit about the history of this place. Once upon a time, there was this emporer dude. He was a bit naughty, and made out with this peasant chick (I think that's how it goes). She goes on to have a baby. One day, many years later, the emporer notices a coachman (guy that drives a stage coach) that looks very similar to him, or this chick he xxxxxx. He loved this boy like his own son, and did heaps of favours for him
Anyway, this place was cool. They had kids from the Chinese acrobatics doing a little performance there. Photo 1 shows this girl spinning a table with her feet. They serve you little snacks and tea while you're watching this 10min show. The snacks were yummy - though I can't remember what they were. They disappeared before I could take a photo of them :D I think the kids doing these couldn't be more than 8 or 9 yrs old. They were performing their acrobatics to the sound of "Clocks" by Coldplay, but with a Chinese tang to it.
I can't really remember much about the next place I visit. I mean, the history and all. We arrive at the courtyard, where the ground is littered with these tiny little... frogs. They couldn't be more than 2cms long and it's quite a challenge trying not to step on one. I resort to having to look away from the ground - out of site, out of mind. We jump on these golf buggy train things, you know, like the ones around Darling Harbour that take you from one end to another. Photo 2 is me trying to take one whilst moving on these vehicles
Last but not least, the Summer Palace. It's got like the worlds longest corridor I think, and had a lot of history here too... of which I won't detail, and don't really remember. There were these kids drawing a bridge they. They were really nice paintings, so in Photo 7, I took one of their painting alongside the bridge which they were painting. This palace is beside a lake of some sort, and looks pretty. Apparently, it doesn't snow in Beijing very often, but in winter, the lake freezes over - or so I've been told. I still don't believe it though.
Dinner happens. Barbs and I go out to Xi Dan shopping area afterwards. It's nearby, and most shops open late so it's ok. We miss our stop, so double back to the correct station. I end up buying a long sleeve shirt for .. about $30 I think. It's a nice shirt, and I think it's a name brand - Bossini, anyone heard of it? We check out a few more stores, but in the end, I didn't have the urge to buy anything, so we find another coffee shop to hang out in
It's a 7am wakeup tommorrow - first time in a while. Woohoo!
Oh, hmm... do I have anything interesting to say about today? umm... no. Hmm, this shop assistant chick came up to me and started speaking mandarin and I just looked confused at her. She said I dressed Chinese, but she wasn't sure I looked it.
See u's tommorrow.