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Beijing part 2 (days 4 and 5)

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The Riksja
Day 4

Today we started with a riksja-tour through the Hutongs, the old neigbourhoods. Two in each riksja cart. It was fun to get a tour like that. First stop was the Drum-tower. It was really big, but when the guide said the stairs we're good practice for the Great Wall, which we would visit the next day, everyone was a little bit concerned....

But about the drum-tower, we saw the drum-ceremony, which was ok. Nice to see it once. After that we had some free time to take pictures of the view and buy cards or souvenirs they sold there. After that we went to a small shopping street. I bought a wooden dragon there. Really pretty and very glad I bought it. The whole bargaining thing was getting better everytime I tried it. And we went to a fruitmarket where they sold all kinds of fruit, food, tea and spices.

Next we went into the riksja again, visited a kindergarten and after that we had lunch.
The first square of the temple. In the building (there were more) stood different Buddha's.


Then we went to the Lama-Temple, a Buddhist monastery. We couldn't take pictures of the Buddha's unfortunately...It was very impressive to see, especially the largest standing Buddha in the world. 28 metres high, 18 metres above ground, 8 metres below. After that we we're supposed to go to the Confucius-Temple, but it was closed for renovation. So we went to the Imperial Academy instead.

And that was our day. At night we went to a famous show, 'The Legend of Kung-fu'. It was beautiful to see. It's about a little boy who will becomes enlightent, facing a lot of difficulties on the way. Hard to explain, but awesome to see. Anyone who goes to Beijing should see that show.

Day 5

A very warm day.
One of the stairs of the Great Wall
..the day we climbed The Great Wall. It was impressive to see and very difficult to climb. It took us about an hour to get to the top of the stairs...after that we had to walk for at least half an hour to get to the other end. And that went down, up and down again.

After the Wall, which took almost 2 hours total as we could find the exit...lmao...we went to the Ming Tombs. We saw the Tomb of Changling. Unfortunately we could only see the burialstone on top of the tomb, not the tomb itself.

After the tombs we went back to Beijing again. That night we ate the famous Peking-duck...and yes it was as delicious as they say. That was a really good and special dinner :)
sylviandavid says:
We opted not to go to the Kung fu show.... looks like we should have gone....
Posted on: Jan 05, 2008
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The Riksja
The Riksja
The first square of the temple. In…
The first square of the temple. I…
One of the stairs of the Great Wall
One of the stairs of the Great Wall
The Llama-Temple Entrance. Beautif…
The Llama-Temple Entrance. Beauti…
A wishing-fountain inside the Llam…
A wishing-fountain inside the Lla…
The Guardian Male
The Guardian Male
The Guardian female
The Guardian female
The Drumtower
The Drumtower
The stairs to the Drumtower...
The stairs to the Drumtower...
The biggest Drum
The biggest Drum
The Drumceremony
The Drumceremony
View on the Hutong around the Drum…
View on the Hutong around the Dru…
The Belltower
The Belltower
The Kung-Fu show, the apprentice f…
The Kung-Fu show, the apprentice …
All the main players
All the main players
The stairs of the great wall
The stairs of the great wall
The Imperial Academy
The Imperial Academy
Beijing
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