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Last day in Beijng


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Today was our last day in Beijing and we all had a lie in but still managed to wake up around 8ish. We packed up our room and tried to get everything back in our bags. Sarah's bag is still rammed despite the fact that along her travels she has managed to lose some shorts, cardigan and sadly her "I love my duvet" hoodie! Sarah and I needed to send some items back home so we made the trip to the post office with Jude and Jackie. It was a bit of a drawn out process with one desk for packaging and another for posting but after a couple of forms, miscommunications and translations we got there in the end. So hopefully it will make it back home supposedly in 10 days.

With nothing else on the agenda for the day we took a leisurely stroll through Beijing towards the Lama Temple taking in all the different sights of little side streets, shops, stalls, signs, food, dogs, bikes, lanterns along with the sounds and smells of the city. Car horns are the constant background noise of Beijing!

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The Lama Temple is a Buddhist Temple which is still used for worship today with many people visiting each day to pay homage to the various Buddha statues within the temple itself. Each statue has a different meaning including past, present and future. People show their respect by burning incense sticks and bowing in front of each temple before going in, kneeling and placing 3 unburied incense sticks at the foot of the Buddha statue.

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The Lama Temple is also in the Guinness book of world records for the largest Buddha make out of a single piece of sandal wood. Standing 26 metres tall it is quite a sight to behold and you can only see the top by craning your neck and leaning backwards.

We decided to brave one of the smaller restaurants which had only a couple of locals inside to sample a traditional hot pot. Each table had a burner in the middle and a large bowl of chicken broth with chickens pieces is pot on to boil and you add the veggies that you want. This was by far the best meal we had and only cost a fiver each!

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Back at the hostel we had some time to relax before heading to the train station at 9pm, luckily it was dumpling night and so we all got to learn how to make dumplings and have them for dinner!

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Posted by doyledan 04:56 Archived in China

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