Beijing - big and big
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Being the first day in China everything was different to what I had been used to before. We stayed at a five star hotel because we had booked in good time the price was very fair; I think we paid 80€ per night for the both of us, which was very cheap when you split it in two.
When we left the room in the morning there was someone almost waiting outside our door!
Good morning, Sir!
We just went bonkers; was this guy waiting there all morning and how could he manage all the rooms? Apparently he was, because he was there in the hall in front of our room every day at our stay.
We had breakfast included and I must say that this was also a bit different from what I had tried before. We could go for a conservative traditional continental breakfast but being the adventurer we were, we had to try everything at the huge breakfast buffet.
I carefully looked how the locals were doing and tried to copy, but I must say that they were eating enormous portions, so I had to limit it. The hotel breakfast was used as a business meeting place with very lively discussions, but it was also full with very posh Russian tourists smoking huge Havana cigars and entertaining their mink dressed wives with load Russian bragging. So in all the first morning was lively way to start the day.
We didn’t have any planes drawn up but there were a lot of must see on our list. We started by walking the same way as we did the evening before and heading towards the The Heavenly Square.
On the way down there we had some people coming up to us asking if they could help; they were willing to assist as guides and so forth. Not being used to that people coming up to one so directly and asking and offering you their assistance made us reluctant to accept their help but looking retrospect we probably should have been more accepting.
Many of the habitants were doing all in their power to be better to speak in English for the Olympics in 2008 and talking to the tourists was one easy way to learn it.
At The Heavenly Square we were amazed by the size of it, and the association with the pictures of the student riot there some years ago made me swallow an extra time.The presence of the military and the police was still massive on the square, but another peculiar one thing made me forget the yoke of history. We were being followed!! We were followed by hordes of Chinese men wanting to take pictures of us. It turned out that for many Chinese there was an obligation to visit the The Heavenly Square” at least once in their lifetime. This meant that many people from far regions in China came there and many of those had never seen any European Caucasian before, so we became a tourist attraction. We had no problem in being photo models for one day – we all have our 15 minuets’