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Sunset at the Forbidden City, Beijing, China
#6065 Sunset at the Forbidden City, Beijing, China
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Visitors Walking inside the Forbidden City, Beijing, China
#6064 Visitors Walking inside the Forbidden City, Beijing, China
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Starbucks Coffee Shop inside the Forbidden City, Beijing, China
#6063 Starbucks Coffee Shop inside the Forbidden City, Beijing, China
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Hall of Supreme Harmony, Forbidden City, China
#6062 Hall of Supreme Harmony, Forbidden City, China
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Hall of Preserving Harmony, Forbidden City, China
#6061 Hall of Preserving Harmony, Forbidden City, China
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Hall of Preserving Harmony Rear, Forbidden City, China
#6060 Hall of Preserving Harmony Rear, Forbidden City, China
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Inside the Pavilion of 1,000 Autumns, Forbidden City, China
#6059 Inside the Pavilion of 1,000 Autumns, Forbidden City, China
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The Pavilion of 1,000 Autumns inside the Forbidden City, China
#6058 The Pavilion of 1,000 Autumns inside the Forbidden City, China
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Imperial Garden Buildings, Forbidden City, China
#6057 Imperial Garden Buildings, Forbidden City, China
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Architectural Detail in Imperial Garden, Forbidden City, China
#6056 Architectural Detail in Imperial Garden, Forbidden City, China
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Wangfujing, east of Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City, Beijing
#6055 Wangfujing, east of Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City, Beijing
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Looking North on Wangfujing Street Business District
#6054 Looking North on Wangfujing Street Business District
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Clerk at the Red Wall Hotel in Beijing
#6053 Clerk at the Red Wall Hotel in Beijing
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Old Chinese Couple Traveling on a Bicycle
#6052 Old Chinese Couple Traveling on a Bicycle
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Woman Butcher Selling Meat to a Customer in Beijing
#6051 Woman Butcher Selling Meat to a Customer in Beijing
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Bright Lights along ChaoYang Road Shops
#6050 Bright Lights along ChaoYang Road Shops
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I visited Beijing, China with William, a good friend I made in Shenzhen. He and I spent about four days there together, after which my wife, Arlene, arrived from Manila to join us. William and I had traveled to Guilin together first before flying to Beijing, and his help was essential to making travel plans (he's Chinese and I could not get a grip on the language myself).

My wife was mistaken for Chinese by vendors, taxi drivers, and others, who spoke to her in Mandarin. She speaks Tagalog, Ilocano, English, and Japanese, but doesn't know Mandarin. She would respond "English, please" but they would continue in Mandarin.

By sheer coincidence, we were in Beijing the week of "National Day", 2004. This meant attractions like the Great Wall, Forbidden City, and others were at their peak of tourist traffic. For some reason, the government honored the celebration by giving these attractions special, shorter, "holiday" hours. This is why there are such huge crowds in my photos of the Great Wall. The crush of people there bordered on dangerous, and I was physically separated from my wife and William at the Great Wall.

Arlene and I stayed at a hotel in the Hutongs of central Beijing, north of the Forbidden City. It didn't work out so well, and we moved to the Red Wall hotel, which I would recommend.

Flying out of Beijing was a problem. The airport has two terminals, and we were careful not to exit our taxi until the driver showed our tickets to an airport staff person who confirmed which terminal we needed; we were directed to terminal two, and exited the taxi. Once inside, we were told we must haul our luggage by foot back to terminal one (and hurry). Back at terminal one, we were able to check-in, but on the concourse, we were told again we must return to terminal two.

We made it on the plan by guessing who to listen to. We were actually on two separate flights, and as I took off, I couldn't be sure if Arlene made her flight or not.

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