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Gemma’s Travel Diary

Thursday, 14 Dec 2006

Location: Beijing, China

MapWe have had two wonderful days of exploring the city. It has so many contrasts between the old and the new. Our back packers is the old part of the city (hutong), but these parts are being knocked down to make way for highrisers.

the people are shy but very friendly. we got told "chinese people are like dumplings (closed) and westerners are like pizzas". we played diablo in the park, learnt how to count to ten and practiced mandarin with tennagers.

seen many sights - all very old - including drum and bell towers (time keepers before watches), many beautiful parks, lakes and temples. lots of shopping, but very dissapointed as it is not cheap because of stupid americans paying too much! It took alex 30mins to bargain for a pair of jeans.

we are off to see the summer palace (where royality escaped the summer heat) today and see the opera tonight.