China, post 17 – Yuanmingyuan Park reprise

We headed back to the hotel after our trip to Tiananman Square and the Forbidden City.

Look, a dentist:
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The irony is that the teeth don’t have teeth.

We also finally went to…STARBUCKS!!

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It was comfortingly like the ones at home – same baked goods and everything!
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I can’t remember what we ended up doing for lunch. There’s a good chance we ordered room service again because we were so tired. We rested up, and then because it was close and because Doug hadn’t seen it, we headed back to Yuanminyuan Park. This time I paid more attention to what people were selling and did a little bit of cheap last-minute souvenir shopping.

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These were amazing:
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Out of focus, sorry:
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These were sold in lots of placing:
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I thought these were glass, but then I think I decided they were spun sugar. Amazing! I really wanted one, but didn’t think it’d survive.
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I took a little movie so you can see him in action. Those are cicadas in the background! Very loud! He’s making a dragon I think, and he makes little whiskers at the end.

I was totally in love with this horse painting. I had one like it (well, actually I borrowed it from our elementary school library) when I was a kid. It was 600 Yuan:
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I took this video because the cicadas were SO loud in this spot!

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After the park, we rested up again – and decided to meet up with Sharon and Dave, and Doug’s old boss at MIT, Bill for dinner.

I really wanted to show just how insane and terrifying trying to cross a street was – but the one time I thought to film it, it wasn’t bad. It’ll give you an idea though, if you multiply this by like 11.

We went to Pizza Hut for dinner! There was a wait to get in!
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This was our “number”. I really like the fine print. “Duty manager will arrange those who have the older, children, or the deformaties.”

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Pizza Hut has AWESOME drinks. This was orange, lemon, and strawberry syrup at the bottom:
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This was Mango and Green Plum. It was delicious. American Pizza Hut needs these.
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The topping combinations were a little strange, but we ended with two – this was bacon, mushroom, and something else. I just picked the mushrooms off. Also, they were out of deep dish so we had to get thin crust. Oh, the other one was a stuffed crust of some sort.
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And yummy Tiramisu for dessert:
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And that was Saturday!

Sunday morning we visited the Summer Palace – second time for me – but there was much we missed on the tour. We had a really nice day for it and I was glad we went back. So there’ll be a post on that.

Sunday afternoon, we caught our flight back – so I have pics from that flight too. So two more posts!

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