Day four and five Chris's Section
The last day in Beijing was an arduous one. It was 30c and the May Day holiday - one of the few national hols in China. I've never seen so many people. Every single street was jam packed. It took an age to get anywhere. As it was our last day, we went off to the Forbidden City (£6 to get in) as we hadn't seen it yet. Worst day of the year to do this. It was like being in a football crowd. The Forbidden City is spectacular, but it was spoiled for us by the sheer number of people. We should have gone on another day. Oh well. Still worth it though. Had to be done.
We set off for Xi'an today. We flew as we couldn't get a train (booked up for a week!). Only cost £62 each. Not bad really. Plus we saved a days travelling. The heat hit us as we got off the plane - almost 35c! Xi'an is lovely. Very upmarket, which I didn't expect. The hostel is great too (Shuyuan hostel). Very funky and great rooms (£16 a night). Highly recommended. Did a quick
Lots and lots of people!
budget check and I seem to be keeping to my £20 a day. Not including the flights though - they were an unexpected extra.
We're off to see the Terracotta Warriors tomorrow. Really looking forward to it. Louise's Section
Spent the last day in Beijing going to the Forbidden City on May day weekend, I have never seen so many people in one place, mayhem!! Didn't see much of the inside galleries as so packed but was absolutely enormous.
Stayed at the Emperor Guesthouse that night as Happy Dragon was now full, 2 cats and 4 2 month old kittens, nuff said I was in heaven.
Left for Xi'an today, our new hostel has 2 dogs, and 2 kittens of about 2 months old, I want to live here! Although not very adventurous, I had meatballs and spaghetti tonight and it was amazing. The cafe here at Shuyuan Guest House is excellent in every way. 1 free beer each and coffee each day and huge bar, rooms like a hotel and kittens, oh I mentioned that. Off to the terracotta warriors tomorrow and hopefully to purchase some sun tan lotion, I am a
little brown from Beijing but in Xi'an it is already 34 degrees!!! arrghh burn central ahead. Oh and Gill the cafe here does hummus and pitta bread, I nearly weed my pants with happiness!!
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