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Day 13 - Beijing

sunny 34 °C

Hi all

It's hard to believe our amazing holiday is almost over. Today was another slow day as we only had a half day tour today. We left the hotel at 11.30 and caught the bus to an older part of Beijing where we jumped onto rickshaws and rode to a local family's house where they cooked us a delicious lunch. More older people
Love in this part of the city as it's cheaper. Younger people prefer to live in apartments closer to downtown.

After lunch we got back in the rickshaw and went back to the bus. We then went to a local market for some last minute shopping. We haggled our butts off. I got a new carry on suitcase for Y190 from Y480. Cheryl got a mahjong set from Y360 to Y175. I also helped someone get a stuffed panda for Y45. They wanted Y200!

We then came back to the hotel for a rest and I found out one of the ladies had to open her corn wine as the bottle was leaking. OMG it was like paint stripper - it has an alcohol content of 54%. I cannot begin to tell you how vile it was lol

At 7, a few of us walked to the Olympic Stadium - otherwise known as the Birds Nest - it's an incredible building. Just to be somewhere like that was quite special. The Chinese government took down the Olympic flame off the top and mounted it outside the stadium. There is also a running track outside where one wall is dedicated to all the medal winners of the 2008 Olympics.

We then went to dinner at the local shopping centre and had pizza - it was pretty good too. Cheryl had a huge Caesar salad and a corona which cost Y73 which is about A$14.

Tomorrow will be a big day as we head out at 8am. We will be visiting a Jade Factory, the Ming Tombs and of course the Great Wall before heading for our final dinner which will include Peking Duck.

Time to upload some photos and then bed.

Until tomorrow.
Janelle & Cheryl

Posted by Chernelle 07:17 Archived in China

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