Beijing 5th and 6th December 2007
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After the cold of yesterday we decided to make a visit to an indoor market a priority to buy ourselves some warm clothes. The markets had been on our to do list anyway. We headed for Yashow market which was full of knock off labels which the stall holders insist are the genuine article. Strange that they don't appear on any retailer outlet lists. We set off on our search and rather than it being a case of gloves off it was gloves on as they were our first item. Stallholder "499 each but I do for you 300", Us "You are very funny we'll give you 50 for the pair", Stallholder "You joking be serious", Us "Do I look like I'm joking?", Stallholder "Final price 200 each", Us "We'll look around then", Stallholder "No! No! 120", Us "Final price 50 the pair", Stallholder "100", Us "70 for two pairs final offer", Stall holder "No! You're killing me", Us "Okay we'll see you later then" at which point we walk away to cries of "OK 80 for two you give me money".
Newly warm we went on another fruitless search, this time for a Starbucks which when we found it didn't have soy milk. Sad I know but a good coffee can make all the difference.
Next it was to the Summer Palace and a long tube and bus ride out there which was interesting. The Palace covers a truly vast area. At one point we climbed up a sort of rockery playground and at the top the palace lake and grounds stretched into the distance as far as the eye can see. We walked through a covered corridor which runs along the front of the lake until we came to a full scale marble steam paddler boat which the empress dowager Cixi had built to hold parties on, the height of decadence.
The next day we were moving on in the afternoon but thought we'd have one last attempt at finding a veggie restaurant not demolished to make way for more new shopping malls. We headed to the Lama temple where we finally had success in finding the Xu Xiang Zhai restaurant (See Review) they did a full on buffet for 58 Yuan which we took full advantage of. Massively full we set off for Beijing West Railway station which was ridiculously busy. We used the internet there (Don't bother though its so s l o w!!!
We were booked onto the soft sleeper which has its own waiting room which was cool as the others looked a nightmare. Xi'an here we come