Sunday, July 20, 2008

Olympics In Beijing



So I decided to check out Tian'anmen Square. My travel buddy wanted to sleep in a little. I wait until about 1:30 in the afternoon to call him, and his response......"I am going to lay around and be lazy." Well, thats great, now it is late afternoon and I am heading to the sites alone. But I run into another buddy and off we go. We walk around in the hot sun checking out the preparations for the arrival of the olympic crowds. The square is under construction and it looks like when it will be finished it will look really cool. All the local chinese wanted their picture taken with the Aussie. Which is odd, because I am not from Australia. I may have mislead them a little .

Below you will see a sign of all the things you can't bring to the square. I say, what fun is it without a motorcycle and an assault rifle?



Sunday, July 13, 2008

The Great Wall




So I am here in China working. Had an opportunity to visit the Great Wall. They are not kidding it is a very, very, very long wall. Way up in the mountains. On our day off, two buddies and I hire a driver. His name, Jack Leo. He picks us up from the hotel and off we go. So we hire the car and have to pay the tolls and parking and everything along the way. We stop by a pottery and buy a few things for the significant others and family, then to the wall we go. If you ever get the chance, make sure you get the toboggan ride down from the top. Its worth the extra $6. For the most part the weather was good. You have to walk through the gauntlet of vendors to reach the gate, then you ride a lift to the top.

It was loads of fun, and now I have seen it.