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linda Ferstendik’s Travel Diary

Monday, 02 Jul 2007

Location: Beijing, China

MapHi everyone,

We arrived in Beijing two days ago and are staying in luxury at the Peninsula Hotel which is very central. On our arrival it was raining heavily and very misty - not what we had expected. We had no particular plans and so we headed off to the Weekend Antique Market which, thank heavens, is under cover. It is a vast market which is split up into areas of beads, china, antiques, art and various other bric-a-brac. We just trawled up and down the rows and just enjoyed looking at the bits and pieces on display. Around the edge of the market are small individual antique shops displaying their goods. We spent about two hours there before returning to our hotel feeling rather weary.

The following day (31st June) we visited the Summer Palace which is about a 40 minute drive but still in the City. The buildings are quite small and it doesn't feel as though you are in a Palace. Sadly, you cannot enter any of the rooms and the only way to see things is to look through the glass windows which means that you never really get the feel of how it would have been to live there. The other downside was the sheer volume of people. It was like being in Grand C