Thursday, 20 December 2012

9TH at sea 10TH Nov Tianjin to Beijing

Hangover on the 9th too many Vodka Martinis,so on with the tour,Left the boat 0800hrs  at Tianjin,boarded our coach around 0830hrs.
We stopped at Meichang for a loo stop it was here I saw a an Amur falcon overhead it was cold overcast and windy.
Various other sightings  on route for eg red necked grebe,tree sparrows,magpies,black
headed gulls and a flock of Baikal teal.
Raining heavy now1030hrs not far from Beijing poor visibility.
Our guides name is Frank a very informative intellectual guy,heavy traffic rain easing.
First stop Tianamen Square was awesome even in the rain.

The largest public square in the world,capable of holding one million people.
A little further on the Forbidden City,we walked in the rain over a 250 acre site only sampling this
marvellous complex of palaces,pavillions and courtyards.
It was here ministers gathered to hear the edicts of the Son of Heaven.
The Emperor and Empress quarters or should I say staterooms were viewed but not entered as the
rain curtailed our visit.
A  final look across the Forbidden City around 1600hrs why did it have to rain here?.
We took our coach to the Marriot City Wall hotel,the lift proved claustrophobic for Carol
however our luggage arrived and all was well.
We ate in the hotel that night it was £90 for two of us in shock we had an early night.

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