Cord Houle: Beijing Day 4
Day four ended with Dahui Li trying to kill half the group with spice! But in all honesty it was amazing. I would never be able to get that kind of food in the states or as spicy; chicken stomach, not bad.
Today we climbed the great wall which was great, except when we got to the top there was a gondola that brings people up and a freaking alpine slide to get to the bottom. The say in china that climbing the wall makes you a man, so wanting to prove myself, I climbed it to become a man. After I had proven I was a man I decided that since the Chinese don’t say anything about climbing down the wall that the alpine slide was probably most efficient way to get down. Want to make sure this didn’t lessen the magnitude of what I was on or the history behind the wall on the way down I decided to let out the famous words of the great Mongolian Leader Genghis Kahn, Weeee…
After the wall we got a nice slice of humble pie, we stopped in a village that apparently shows how close to 70-80% of people live in the country. They had stick fences and little running water. There was refuse scattered around and a bed that was no more than a pillow and a sheet on top of cement slab. This was way different than anything in the states, and made me wonder how they do it in the winter with little more than a sheet as there front door. After the typical village we stopped at the art district in Beijing I have to say that unlike the village, it reminded me a lot of back in Minneapolis. The art studios were modern along with many coffee shops which is unusual in a country that drinks tea.