China Days #1

China Connection a little flaky but here goes.
Arrived in China on the `19th at 6:45am, and I should have gone to bed straight away, but The Forbidden City and The infamous square beckons, so after visiting them, being swamped by vendors selling fake watches, CDs, DVDs and postcards, Mark, Mick and myself arrived to see this abosolutly HUGE building.
The Forbidden City, it suggests well, go in and get arrested, but it’s one of the most commercial places in the city. There is even a starbucks in there too. Wonderful gardens though.
It started raining when I got to Tianenemen, so that was short lived.
I was really knackered, so back to the hotel.
Up not so early on the 20-th and hit the great Wall of China before going back to the airport for the flight to Kunming.
I walked a small amount of the Wall as the climb was a bit much, I got to the first teir and I thought I was going to die, my heart was in my ears. It proves I am well unfit.
The flight to Kunming was very uneventful, and arrived in Kunming at around 7pm. Met Fan, one of the Chinese engineers that waws at work during the initial build of the telescope.
We went for some food in the town, hit a roadside restraunt and expose Mark to squid. He was not impressed.
Called work, home and crashed out.
Work very early and headed out to the shops, both Mark and Mick wanted to get an MP3 player each. That was “fun” as both Fan and myself already had these kind of things.
I picked up a good set of speakers for site work, music while you work always helps.
Flight to Lijiang next……..