We were totally on our own today. No guide. And guess what, everything went fine.
We went into the The Temple of Heaven, which seemed to be kind of like a huge open area, kind of like Central Park, but you have to pay to get in. And there are some religious/worship spots. We walked my this long walkway where all the elderly went to play cards. Then we saw a huge group of younger, elderly people do some kind of techno tai-chi. Then another group of people line dancing to what seemed to be very Asian music. We also played a badminton type game (with paddles instead of racquets) with a local woman. I have zero hand eye coordination and the fact I don’t play ping-pong on my 15 minute breaks shows.
Then we took the subway to these tiny streets called hutongs. It looked like it would have been really super cool with a bunch of shops and restaurants, but they were redoing the walkways so most everything was closed. We did find a man cooking meat on stick. You know we ate that. The seasoning was like paprika-ish, but I have no clue what the meat was. I am choosing to say it was goat. After that we walked up about 1 million stairs to the Drum Tower and then the Bell Tower.
After our big day out we had a big Beijing night. We went to an acrobatics show & Peking duck dinner. We haven’t eaten a ton of duck in our life so I can’t say either of us know good duck when we eat it, but this was pretty tasty! It turns out we are total idiots at eating the Peking duck. There is a right and wrong way to eat it. The right way is using a pancake (like a crape) and putting it on your plate, then picking up some duck, dipping it in the soybean paste, spreading it on the pancake, and wrapping it up like a little burrito. All with your chopsticks. The wrong way it turns out, is using your fingers to just eat the duck. Hmm…who knew?
I think we can go home now – Peking duck, Acrobatic show, Great Wall. That’s all there is right?
Amount spent: $180- It was a big day seeing a show and going out to a nice dinner.
Number of times people tried to speak Chinese to Shaq and were perplexed when he didn’t respond: 2
Miles Walked: 12
Times lost on the Subway: 0
Near meltdowns: 1
Number of unknown meats: 1 (although I’m certain it was goat meat)