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300 Yuan for a brief near death experience?!

Are you kidding me?!

sunny 26 °C

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Another ridiculously jam-packed day of sightseeing! First up Tian'anmen Square, the actual one this time! Lonely Planet's description...... "the largest square in the world, surrounded on all sides by Soviet style buildings". Some of you may now be wondering how we could have mistaken the Forbidden City (traditional Chinese buildings surrounding a few smaller squares) for such a flat expanse of paving on Tuesday, and you would be right to ask that question! I can only blame the jet-lag and our general zombiefied states!

Then on to one of the only surviving city gates, and the best thing about it..... it was practically empty! Bliss!!! Lunch at a famous Peking duck restaurant - YUM! Then a slightly hair-raising tuk-tuk ride to the Temple of Heavenly Peace, which involved jetting across 8 lanes of traffic! Watched the sun beginning to set over the city. And then had a good argument with a different tuk-tuk driver who tried to charge us a fortune for a lift (we won, thanks mostly to Mark's authoratative tone.... I didn't think Aussies could get that angry!). Home for a few last hasty beers before rushing off to the train station and screeching onto our sleeper train to Xi'an with a few minutes to spare.....!!

Loved Beijing but it is definitely time to be moving on! Thanks for reading! See you all tomorrow after our first day in Xi'an!

Jo xx

Posted by Tam-Jo 01:40 Archived in China Tagged beijing

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