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China part 3

26 Jan

The main reason why we wanted to go to China was to climb the Great Wall. We only had 3 days in China so not much time to squeeze it in. We decided to do it on Christmas Day. Such an amazing experience!

We had to drive around 3 hours out of Beijing to get to the wall. When we got there I seriously thought that I was going to freeze to death. It was -29 oC!!!! For all you non metric people that is -20 oF!!! SO COLD! Thankfully the sun was out and there wasn’t much wind.

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It may look like we are photoshopped but I promise.. we aren’t. It was just THE perfect spot to take a picture with some of the wall in the background.

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Now some of you may think that walking along the wall is easy. Well, some parts maybe but the part that we CLIMBED first was super crazy. There was snow and ice and not many hand rails. This picture just depicts one of the few handrails that we saw that day.

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CLIMBING the wall

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It was such a beautiful Christmas morning. Probably one of my favorite Christmas mornings EVER.

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This is one of my favorite pictures from our trip. I love it.

After our tour, we went back to our hostel and attempted to warm up a bit. We hadn’t had any dinner or street food so we headed out to find something to eat. We ended up finding this street that had all kinds of crazy food.

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That’s right… starfish, seahorses, snake… you name it. Scary.

Aaron decided that he was going to try some delicious food from this one stall that all of the locals were going to…

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It smelled like he was eating poop. Gag. I couldn’t walk near him and needless to say he couldn’t finish it. After we returned to Japan and I had told this story to one of our coworkers, we found out it was ROTTEN tofu!

Our time in China was short but we made lots of memories and learned that Chinese people love to spit anywhere.

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China part 2

24 Jan

The first full day that we were in China, we decided to figure out the subway system and go to the Forbidden City.

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This is THE palace of so many dynasties. It was really awesome to get to walk around where Emperors walked thousands of years ago. But once we got inside we realized that we were STARVING because we didn’t eat breakfast. So, we ate some traditional Chinese dumplings.

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We sat inside this tiny restaurant so thankful that it was *somewhat* warm. We were freezing our faces off. Thankfully we put on so many layers that we weren’t frozen to the bone… yet. After breakfast we walked around and I rented an automatic guide. It was nice but after a while, everything started to look the same. Kinda unfortunate.

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After we decided that we had enough of the Forbidden City, we walked down the street a ways to find a bus to hop on to take us back to the subway station. Now this is where the adventure really begins. We got on the bus and we are riding along, we wanted to find a place with WIFI, I look out the window and see McDonald’s and I am off the bus in a flash of lightning. We wanted to eat McDonald’s in China to see what it tasted like compared to Japanese McDonald’s.

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We then got back on the bus to what we thought would take us to the subway station. WRONG. We were taken to some bus stop and they told us all to get off. We had NO idea where we were. After we walked around a bit, we  I decided that Aaron should hail a cab. I’m sure he loves hailing cabs by now. :] We told our taxi driver to take us to Tiananmen Square. We were in the car for over 45 minutes. I’m sure we were on the other side of town. Woopsy.

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Before we headed back to our hostel, we decided that we should get Starbucks.

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Later that evening we decided that we wanted to go to an acrobat show. It was awesome. I am so amazed at the craziness that happened during that show. People standing on a free-standing lader while holding a bunch of other people off of your body. Don’t believe me… look at this picture!

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Madness.

But what also is madness, 5 men riding motorcycles in a steel cage. The picture doesn’t do it justice but you gotta believe me.

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After the show we headed back to our hostel because we had to rest up for our adventure to the Great Wall for Christmas Day!

Part 3 coming up tomorrow.

China part 1

23 Jan

I have always dreamed about going to China. I fell in love with the way that it was portrayed through movies and I loved reading about it in books. I always knew that I would go to China and climb the Great Wall but I never knew that I would do it over Christmas.

Over Christmas vacation, my boyfriend and I headed to China. We wanted to climb the Great Wall and see some other things in Beijing. It was a trip that I will never forget.

The first night that we got there, we walked around for almost 45 minutes trying to find our hostel. We were walking down the wrong street. It was horribly cold outside and we had our backpacks. Finally I asked Aaron if he would attempt to hail a taxi for us. This little old man stopped and we weren’t sure what to think of it. Let me try and paint a picture of it for you. It was a man who was probably 60 or so on this scooter. On the back of the scooter was a wooden box. He told us that it would be 10 Yuan for a ride. The box that we got into was seriously SO small and both of us had our backpacks. Thankfully we fit and he brought us to our hotel. It was pretty awesome.

Once we got to our hostel, we met a girl who was staying in our room with us. She had been traveling around China for 10 weeks. She took us out to dinner down the street. We had this delicious noodle soup. You had to pick whatever you wanted and they were all on sticks.

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They then made it into a soup. It was so wonderful and spicy!

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After all of that madness we headed back for our showers and we were out before 10pm. We felt a little lame but it’s vacation… you can relax and sleep as much as you want.

I’ll post another post about all of the touristy things that we did. Stay tuned. :]

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