A bit of Mao and Lamas

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Started the day  meeting a few people from the group who hadn’t gone home yet and we walked down to Tiananmen Square, got some brekky on the way. We joined what appeared to be an infinite queue but it was moving at a fairly decent speed. The queue was fairly novel and it was like a Chinese version of rugby with different people squeezing and pushing – there were people keeping a close eye on queue jumpers and old woman were dragged out and sent to the back of the line if they tried it. After an hour and a bit of queuing we eventually got to see for Chairman Mao’s body for about 5 seconds, plenty of old women all crying there as well. Got back and and had some lunch before heading off to the Lama temple – a very nice temple with plenty of things inside, shame we didn't have clue what most of it meant but we did see a really huge Buddha about 4 stories tall and lots and lots of smoke form all the incense. After a while went back to the hotel. In the evening a few of us went to a restaurant, where the staff must have been incredibly amused as we ruined their banquet system by ordering individual dishes for ourselves and then in the end trying to pay for them.

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