23 September, 2011
like 4000km of it) it seemed appropriate that we should visit the
railway museum in Beijing. It's rather fun! Lots of train related
bits-and-bobs, including various pieces from the new 350km/hr trains
that run in parts of China (but not the parts we're going to).
Also, the original Apple store?
20 September, 2011
like we would have to give up on our plan to go to Tibet since no one
seemed to know how to get the necessary travel permits, and everyone
said there were no train tickets available. Then we found Michael Wang
at the travel desk in the Beijing Dreams Travel Hostel. This is a
total plug for him; he phoned around various people in various cities
to find train tickets, suggested various plans that would have us
traveling to Tibet via different routes and generally was helpful and
showed initiative. And he was friendly. Drop in and see him if you're
in Beijing and need something arranged. Or send him an email
(firstname.lastname@example.org) if you want something done from outside the
country. So, we now have in our possession, train tickets from Xian to
Xining to Lhasa!
The photos: lunch after sorting out tickets, at a rooftop terrace.
Then we walked a whole hundred meters or so and had tea at a place on
the edge of Qianhai lake. Walking around the lake afterwards, N was
asulted by an old Chinese womN who sat her down on a stool, beat her,
and then demanded 50 Yuan after claiming that the incident wasn't
asulted, but rather a full body massage...
filled with coloured water, and a small goldfish of turtle. I guess
they live for about a day before the colouring or the lack of air or
the general being trapped and worn on a neckless kills them.
These fish were much luckier. They happily live in a cafe near our
hotel in Beijing. There are many excellent cakes!
mish-mash of military bits-and-bobs, all set out with no real focus on
information or education, but rather, the overall effect that a hall
full of silver missiles and large guns might have on small children.
What were we doing there, you might ask? We were on our way back from
getting train tickets to Xian and the museum was the biggest,
gaudiest, most imposing building in the area. The subway stop was even
called "Military Museum". Also, entry was free after showing our
passports. Just in case we were, well, I don't know. Who would you try
to keep out of such a place?