Saturday, February 20, 2010

Beijing (4) Welcome on the bus

Beijing (1) The idea to go
Beijing (2) Leaving Korea
Beijing (3) Arriving in Beijing

Saturday, February 13 2010

Jenifer welcomes us and introduces herself. She says that she comes from a rural village and spoke almost no English when she moved to Beijing. Her Chinese name means "to fly away" which she says is what she did when she moved to the big city - Beijing. This is also the first new year she'll be spending away from her family (because she's working)

We are told that we are going to a very nice restaurant and that if we are vegetarian to please not worry. We will be catered for. I'm the only vegetarian in the group and Jenifer is already aware of this. I'm impressed because us non-meat eaters really have it rough when traveling.

She gives us some facts about the city saying that it has a population of 22 million people. We are lucky to come on this particular weekend because everyone's traveling out of town to visit their families. Because of this, the roads are clear with very little traffic.

After lunch we will go to Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. Tiananmen Square is the largest city square in the world and can accommodate up to a million people at once.
The Forbidden City was constructed between 1406 and 1420.

Jenifer also gives us a friendly warning saying that locals may stare or point at us because we are foreigners. In fact, foreigners are better known as "big nose"

She shows us her fish that we need to look out for and follow. In Chinese culture, fish is symbolic of good luck and good fortune.

Beijing (5) Lunch on Saturday PM


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