Travels with Elizabeth

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Tag: Wangfujing

Lama Temple and Peking Duck

I awoke again about 5:00; DH around 5:30.  Messed around the room and had another hearty breakfast in the Lounge.  Headed out about 8:30 by taxi to the Lama Temple.  The taxi ride was quite an adventure.  Traffic signals and painted lines on the road seem to be only suggestions.  Everyone has the attitude “I dare you to hit me.”  Organized chaos, and random actions by all involved. Continue reading

Forbidden City

DH awoke around 4:30, got up and started fiddling with his Blackberry.  He can’t figure out why it won’t seem to work with the new China SIM card.  My Samsung phone seems to work just fine with my new SIM card except I can’t contact DH.  After much fiddling and working with the young lady in the Executive Lounge – who made several calls to China Unicom – we concluded there must be a problem with the fact that our phone numbers are Shanghai numbers.  The symptom is we can call other people and other people can call us but we can’t call each other – the reason we got the cards in the first place.  Much frustration and DH is now prepared to contact the SIM card provider – 3g Solutions on Monday to see if he can straighten things out. Continue reading

Arrival in Beijing

The time change had us arriving on the next day after we left,  about 2:30 after a 14 hour flight.  When we landed and got our bags, we passed through Beijing Passport Control after a 30-minute wait in line and zipped through Customs at walking speed.   Our Hilton Wangfujing hotel driver was waiting outside Customs with one of what seemed like hundreds of name signs.  It was great to have someone standing there holding up a piece of paper with my name on it.  Continue reading