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The morning was a bit hectic as we were late and the tourist van had to wait for us for a long time. We are travelling with a french couple from Paris ( the male is a computer engineer ). The great wall was 70km away, that's a 2 hour drive and we had a stop at a vase making museum ( from copper ). The vases ranged from 20000 to 1.8 crore rupees and were extremely beautiful and well decorated.
Heading back to the hostel, we found the first good taxi driver who actually took us by the meter. The guys decided to crash while I went to the café to chill with a group of Canadians and Dutch we met yesterday.
My friend went to her mothers hotel during that time and so I went out with the Canadians to have a night stroll in beijing, as they were leaving the next day. It was a awesome experience and I saw Beijing at night. On returning, I just slept.
The next morning, we decided to visit the Forbidden City but only I did as others couldn't get ready in time for leaving. It was really huge and so I couldn't see everything as we were on a short time scale ( had to leave for summer palace after this ).
The architecture beautifully radiated the ancient chinese culture and tradition. I think I'm in love with it already. Upon exiting the forbidden city, I was searching for a taxi to head back to the hostel and then go to the summer palace. I stumbled upon a three wheeler rickshaw who only demanded 3 yuan till the hostel ( quite cheap ! ) so I took it.
As we started to move, he appeared quite friendly and then he got switched with another person. This person started to go through the little streets and bypasses and I got worried as to what's happening. Upon arriving at a road opening, he demanded 300 yuan and then I realised that it was a scam ! I somehow managed to pay him 50 yuan and get away, phew !
I did take a taxi to hostel then and we decided to go to the summer palace. During the journey, we estimated our finances for the journey and it came out much more then calculated ( Beijing did us in ) and so we were now thinking really conservative about the trip.
Upon reaching the summer palace, we found it closed and so we just had a meal at a pizza hut and headed back home via the subway. Having a quick dinner at KFC, I went up to the cafe and met a Indian guy from Mumbai and another from Pakistan.
Both were really informative about China and helped me with minute but important details, such as the train timings, etc. I also met a guy from Germany and we kept talking about football and other stuff until I was tired and then I decided to retire for the night.
In the morning, we decided to visit the summer palace but as a friend was ill, we didn't go and went directly to the railway station and took the bullet back to Shanghai. Shanghai here I come back !