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…to have clean, fresh, air to breathe, and frequent blue skies.

Just a reflection after our trip to China.

We're lucky to see this.

We’re lucky to see this.

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Today is the last day of our trip to China, and we’ve spent it in Beijing. In the morning we took the subway to one of the city’s hutongs. There, we went on a tour in a rickshaw – fun! 

My father-in-law and us in our rickshaws

 

As a stark contrast to the hutong, we proceeded to spend the afternoon in Sanlitan – an upscale shopping centre 😊 Hubby got to shop for some clothes, so he’s happy!

For dinner we had the mandatory Peking duck, and it was good! 

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On our way from Yangshou to Guilin and the plane that would take us back to Beijing, we stopped to visit a Tea Institute.

They grew 250 different varieties if tea there, and we got to try four different ones. 

Osmanthus tea, which contains 12% flowers and 88% green tea, is especially good for women as it supposedly contain lots of calcium and thus helps prevent osteoporosis. After all my cortisone last year I had to buy it! 

Women and men picking tea in Guilin

 

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This morning we had a cooking class. I didn’t at all feel up to it on the way there, but it was great fun! 

First of all we went to the market. They had everything you can imagine: crayfish, toads, eels, carp fish – all alive. All the vegetables I know of and then some. And butcher shops…

That’s where I turned around, as we’d been told beforehand that there’d be dogs there… 😳 And there were. I saw some hanging on a hook 😞

But okay, back to the class: it was fun. We all prepared three dishes, and got to have them for lunch after class. Hubby bought a knife, so he’s happy too.  

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But a massive one! Built out of terracotta some 2 200 years ago. Massive.   I didn’t know it was destroyed by angry peasants before it was finished, but it was. Only one out of some predicted 8000 (!) sculptures have been found intact. All the others must be pieced together, piece by piece. 

It’s like a giant puzzle without a picture to follow…

PS. I feel much better!

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…of the toilet is what I spent all of last night doing. I started throwing up around 9 pm, and it started coming the other way (too) around 11 pm. I threw up until 5 am, and the last panicked toilet visit was around 8:30 am. Oh, what a night. 

I don’t know what caused it, because hubby and I had the same thing for dinner – ramen. However, he had beer and I had soda. With ice in it. It didn’t even occur to me until it was (way) too late ☹️

Of course, today was the day we left Beijing for Xian, so I had to make it on a full flight too…ugh! 

I did make it without being sick, but my body aches. I’ve also skipped the dinner and show we had planned, and have spent a few hours sleepng already.

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And great it is! 

And massive. 

And steep. 

And magnificent.  

The Great Wall of China earlier today

 

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