End of the tour
Beijing Travel Blog› entry 21 of 26 › view all entries
February 12th, 2006 – by: dfoo
Again everything in the grounds of the temple is done on a grand scale. I don't think they knew how to make small plans back then. When we were there there were lots of people in the parks just exercising and chilling out. Majority of them being old people. I've been told its a common occurance in China for the retirees to hang out in the public parks and talk and play with other retirees.
However, as we were hungry we went for hot pot. As you do when your in China. This would be our last meal with Jimmy.
Officially our Trans-Siberian trip was over, well the bits that we paid our tour company was. But we were all staying in China for a bit. Some more than others. I was going to head down to Shanghai in a few days to continue the journey alone. Natascha was going to go off and meet a friend somewhere and travel somewhere from what I remembered. Amy and Jaz were going to head to a rural town if they were able to sort out their working visas and teach English to kids. But we had a few more nights together before we went our separate ways.
With our tour over, we had to find accomodation elsewhere. As the girls had not prebooked any other accomodation they decide to head to the hostel that I was booked into to see if they had room. The hostel was the Red Latern. I absolutely adore this hostel. Besides being really cheap its got oodles of character. It's actually one of those traditional chinese houses which has been converted into a hostel. ie its like a square with the rooms arranged around the courtyard in the middle. They also had a kitchen which cooked meals for you. Plus it was where we found the cheapest Tsing Tao beers in Beijing. It was 6RMB for a huge 600ml bottle. We were paying more than 3 times that amount elsewhere. Cheap beer, cheap food, clean rooms, and friendly staff and travellers. What else could you ask for in a hostel. It was amongst the Hutongs, which gave an autheticity to our travels in China.
With a tour to the Great Wall of China planned for the next day, we all went to bed pretty early, as the tour bus picks us up at 5:30am in the morning.
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