It’s the little things; a mattress and pillow; a shower where you stay unsandy; a place to sleep that isn’t a sauna by morning. I love camping and the jamboree was great, but good hotel is amazing the night after camp!
We visited a budist temple know as the Lama temple. At the lama temple there was the biggest Buddha in the world at 27m high, made from a single tree. As we went around on of the buildings a very strange man waited till I was level with him then punched me in the right boob and ran off!
The Confusious temple was interesting, the concept of worship of a philosophy and sacrifice to a real person and commemoration of those who passed the highest exams is very different to the religious temples. The statues of Confusious are legion.
From here we headed to a park with a “mountain” (60m high) from which you could see the city. I was sensible so didn’t climb the mountain, I also learnt the hospital was right when it said the drugs they injected would last 3 days! There were groups playing ‘catch’ with a shuttlecock by kicking it up.
We then headed off to the silk factory. The little cocoons have 1300 m of silk strand in each one, but they are unrolled in groups of 8 so they don’t snap, they kind of bobble in the water as they are unwound.
Dinner was Peking Duck, traditionally these are force fed in a similar way to fois gras and only live to 30 days, but are really soft and yummy. We had a massive dinner, no idea what most of it was, but even the tofu was ok and the rest was lovely.