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Beijing as smoggy as when we left it, met Deb at the pearl markets near the Temple of Heaven, walked around the temple, people singing karaoke opera, dancing classes, groups of men all down one side playing a board game like checkers or draughts with large counters. Beautiful gardens. Cab to restaurant in Luilichang, nice meal. Next morning smoggy but cleared to beautiful day. Walked to centre of performing arts or thought we were, going in wrong direction which was ok as we later found it was closed on Mondays. Had street vendor breakfast of congee and dumplings then walked past a vendor making jian bing (thin crepes spread with chilli/black bean/soy type sauce, scattered with coriander and spring onions, covered with beaten egg then folded around a rectangle of crispy wafer) so had some of them as well. Met Deb at hotel, had arranged a driver for the day to go to the Great Wall at Mutianyu, about 70kms northeast of Beijing, then to the Red Gate gallery.
Through lots of market gardens, miles of sweet corn and suburbs then hilly country. Walked for a while along the wall, beautiful watchtowers huge pieces of stone, amazing to think how they built thousands of kilometers of it and wondered how many people died building it. Driver drove back maniacally, even by Beijing standards, Red Gate gallery was built in a watchtower on part of the old city wall, incredible building of 3 levels and great wooden beams, the walls about a metre thick, views out over a river. Great exhibition of Zhou Jirong prints.
Driver took us back to the markets and dropped us off, we had dinner with Chen's family, a huge banquet of delicious food. We did our best but had to make Chen take leftovers home.
Next day sunny, no smog. Went for a walk around the hutongs and found another jian bing street vendor, they were even better than yesterday. Wonder why they are not sold on the streets in Sydney ...

Beijing

Beijing

Beijing

Beijing

Beijing

Beijing

Beijing

Beijing

A jian bing vendor

A jian bing vendor

Beijing

Beijing

Beijing

Beijing

The Great Wall at Mutianyu

The Great Wall at Mutianyu

The Great Wall at Mutianyu

The Great Wall at Mutianyu

The Great Wall at Mutianyu

The Great Wall at Mutianyu

The Great Wall at Mutianyu

The Great Wall at Mutianyu

The Great Wall at Mutianyu

The Great Wall at Mutianyu

The Great Wall at Mutianyu

The Great Wall at Mutianyu

The Great Wall at Mutianyu

The Great Wall at Mutianyu

The Great Wall at Mutianyu

The Great Wall at Mutianyu

The Great Wall at Mutianyu

The Great Wall at Mutianyu

The Great Wall at Mutianyu

The Great Wall at Mutianyu

The Great Wall at Mutianyu

The Great Wall at Mutianyu

The Great Wall at Mutianyu

The Great Wall at Mutianyu

The Great Wall at Mutianyu

The Great Wall at Mutianyu

Categories & Keywords
Category:Travel and Places
Subcategory:Asia
Subcategory Detail:China
Keywords:Beijing, China, Mutianyu, Red Gate gallery, The Great Wall, jian bing, street food