A bit of Mao and Lamas
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Started the day meeting a few people from the group who hadnâ€™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 â€“ 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 Maoâ€™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 â€“ 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.