18.08.2012 - 23.08.2012
What did I do on my last day in Beijing? Well the loser that I am had to go back and see Tiananmen Square!!! All I can say in my defense is that when I was walking down the street to the Forbidden City I never looked to my left so that is how I missed it! I did feel very stupid that I missed it as it is huge and impressive and I could see how all the tanks would have gotten in there. I love a good Communist statue and there were plenty of those. However I was extremely disappointed that the viewing session of a dead Mao finished at 11 – the time Tao told us to get there to line up ☹ Unfortunately Mao has not been added to my list of dead leaders – Lenin and Ho Chi Minh ☹ See the photo of the man in the umbrella hat - I wonder what Mao would have thought of that!!!
That night Michelle, Will and I went to a fantastic restaurant called Dali Courtyard. It was beautiful inside – nothing like what I expected and much bigger to than what my courtyard hotel was. The menu is a set one – where you pay a set price and depending on what ingredients are freshly available and what the chef feels like cooking = what you get to eat. It was a little bit of a splurge but so worth it. The prawns mmmmmmmm!!!!!
Good bye China it has been a blast!!!!