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Changing the wheels at the chinees border
It's 08:50 oçlock in the morning meanwhile for the first time we see in a distance the Chinese wall. We are there at last. Strange thing is that while were in China the time in the train is still Irkutsk time. Strangely but true. Around 09:45 hour stop we in Zhangjiakou about 7672 km from Moscow. Still 4 stops to go for the Beijing main trainstation. As from this spot the area where we drive clearly becomes more mountainous. In the town of Kangzhuang the train gets extra Locomotif to push up the the train up the hills. As a passenger is here little to see from this all. The view becomes more impressively as we drive more towards Beiijng.
Our first chinees lunch
 On board of the train we meanwhile started our first Chinese lunch it was very nice. During this lunch we stoped shortly in a town called Qinglomhqiao, here we got out and took our first pictures of the Chinese wall which lies directly next the track. At this point you still see a bit non restored wall. Rapidly we took a photograph and went back to our lunch. The last town before Beijing is Nankou (7812 km), here our extra Locomitif was removed of the train. 1 hour later we than arrived at our end destination of the Transmongolie Express. BEIJING 7865 km  from the capital of Russia Moscow. Not yet our end destination but which of the legendary Transsiberie/Mongolia express.
3 days we will remain in the world city of Beijing.
Lia, Jack, Jasmyn and me
How busy it is in this city already became clearly on the station were it was very busy thousands of people. It was quit a run to the bus which brought us to the hotel. Arriving at the bus were already soaked with sweat. Temperature approximately 32 degrees and very wet. Arriving at the hotel there was a obscurity concerning which hotel we had in fact. There lie  2 hotels beside each other with the same name. After a couple phonecalls of Lai our travel leader at last we got the good hotel!!! After freshening up we went with Lia for a 'town' walk. Lia has lived in the city for a couple of years. Very strange in the city the public outside gyms, wich only are being used by old people. It's a playground for adults, very colour-full. After the town walk we went with Lia and jack for some food in a delicious Italian pizzeria, very attractive and good food.
Playground for the old people
Immediately after dinner we went to a store to get some food for the morning because we wanted to have a breakfest on top of the great wall the next morning.
Saturday 10 September 2005.
Today a visit to the " Great Wall or China. 7200 km long and very impressive. After we passed ourselves by the dozens of souveniers salesmen (very annoying!!) we bought an entry ticket for a visit to the wall. That tourism has gone worldwide the prove is here. We went up by cablecar and went down bobsleigh. The temperature at the wall was killing us 34 degrees outside temperature and very high air humidity. Arrived on the wall we eat our breakfast from stuffwe bought.
Our first picture of the wall
Afterwards we walked about 2 km on the the wall. Very beautiful only thing we mist was a nice sunshine for taking a nice picture. After 2 hours on the wall and a lot sweat richer, we went down by bobsleigh. Under Lia had a nice Chinese lunch for us reserved in a local restaurant. The lunch was great, we didn't new the chinese ate french fries with there lunch but here they did. After visiting the wall we drove in the direction of Beijing. In the Afternoon we paid a visit to the summer palace of the last emperor of China. Fairy-like surroundings full trees and impressive buildings. Here we had about 4 hours to look around wich you need because it is that big. You really got a good idea of the old china here. 
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Changing the wheels at the chinees…
Changing the wheels at the chinee…
Our first chinees lunch
Our first chinees lunch
Lia, Jack, Jasmyn and me
Lia, Jack, Jasmyn and me
Playground for the old people
Playground for the old people
Our first picture of the wall
Our first picture of the wall
Entrance of forbidden city
Entrance of forbidden city
Buying tickets for the cablecar at…
Buying tickets for the cablecar a…
Shanghai
Shanghai
Jasmyn posing
Jasmyn posing
Dennis in the forbidden city
Dennis in the forbidden city
Contact with home
Contact with home
Chinese beer
Chinese beer
Beijng at night
Beijng at night
Getting ready for a massage
Getting ready for a massage
Getting ready for a massage
Getting ready for a massage
The general manager!!
The general manager!!