30! Lama Temple, Hutongs, Duck & train to Xi'an
Trip Start Oct 08, 2010
16Trip End Oct 22, 2010
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Z53 train to Xi'an
First stop Lama temple. Lots and lots of Buddha statues. Had a quick look around. To be honest, after Angkor Wat, its hard to be impressed by temples. I think I am all templed out. Had a look around the shops, which all sold incense for the worshippers and little offerings.
Headed over to the old part of Beijing, the Hutongs. Narrow little streets with old single story homes. They used to be little homes with their own courtyards, but now many houses share the courtyard and 'washing facilities’. We had a rickshaw ride around the lake. The guide then showed us around on foot, including the river. In summer its abuzz with bars and restaurants and in winter the river freezes and people ice skate on it!
A little rest back at the hotel and then check out. Read for a while in the lobby and drank jasmine and peonie tea.
Dinner at Quan Ju De, the big one. Peking duck - yum! Then Z53 overnight train to Xi'an. Train was fine. The waiting was better once we went into the VIP section. The train carriage had four sleepers and it was a little noisy/rolly/hot. Prefer to fly.