A day exploring Temples
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The weekend & today have been in the high 30's and it's hard work! Clear blue skies though, the smog has yet to make a return.
So, Sunday we headed off on the subway, only 1 stop to the Lama Temple (no hen weekend girlies, Lama & not Llama, it wasn't a re-union with Rubens, Louis & co, I have seen the comments on FB which still go into my e-mails & am guessing Lou that was the Llama crisps??!!).
The Lama Temple is Beijing's foremost Buddhist temple, and claims to be the most magnificent Tibetan Buddhist temple outside of Tibet. A beautiful entrance via 3 archways, and 5 main halls, all get bigger as you go through them
The Chinese were traditionally either Buddhist, Taoist or Confucian, other major faiths here are Islam & Christianity, which according to the book faces a bright future (the 'Great Wall' prevents me googling it any further.....!).
Next, across the road we visited the Confucius Temple & Imperial College. This is China's 2nd largest Confucian temple. Pavillions, statues and a 'forest' of 190 stone tablets recording the 13 Confucian classics & 630,000 Chinese characters. Also the names of successful candidates of the highest level of the official examination system, each candidate was locked in one of 800 cubicles 1.5 sq m for a period of 3 days, many died or went insane during their incarceration
After our exploring, we were broken with the heat, so came home to chill - Skyped with Mum & Dad for an hour which was fab, and Andy spoke to his Mum too which was great (slight difference, Barbara = just over 2 mins, Den & Sue = over an hour ;) !!!!
A quick call from Stu as well today (a few minutes!)
Went out in the evening for food, and enjoyed a Lasagne, garlic bread & salad, yum.
Today, we discussed going back to our Mandarin class, I decided to give it another go and Andy decided to give it a miss, he was struggling & getting so annoyed with it that he really wasn't learning anything and is better suited to listening to the CD's we've got instead.
I decided to change my attitude as on Friday (couldn't you tell.....) I was so distracted by him & the teaching style, I switched off, so today having researched & accepted the cultural difference I went ready, he was a lot nicer to me realising that I struggled on Friday, and that Andy & another girl hadn't come back and there had to be a reason why. There were 2 new students too from Namibia for him to pick on which maybe helped! It was ok actually, and I kind of enjoyed it.
A good day in the office, sending out our first mailshots to prospective clients which is the next step so a good feeling.
Well this is the longest amount of time I have ever been away from home, the longest was 5 weeks so guess this is a new record! Can't say the same for Andy though, having lived in so many places whilst in the RAF!
Right, time to get Andy to put the tea on - back to dumplings & stir fry veg tonight.