The Dongyue Temple
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Had a late start and went to the Dongyue Temple. It did feel odd waking up in Beijing and not being by the University. Still found a bakery for breakfast!
The Dongyue Temple was certainly interesting. Lots of different rooms of different 'Departments' of the gods encircled a central area. There were weird and brightly coloured statues in each room, some had odd names (Department for 15 kinds of violent death) while others were more normal (Department of Justice). There were also statues of tortoises with large slabs with text on their backs. In all the temple was worth seeing, if only because it was a bit different.
Walked to the Silk Market but did not buy anything. Just wandered around after that.
Met Kuangyi and was taken out to dinner by her mother. Her 10 year old cousin came along too. The meal was of the 'bites' sort. While the chicken feet were not nice, there was more than enough for me to eat, and the spring rolls at the end were particularly nice. The atmosphere of the place was also very nice, as the restaurant was bustling and full of life.