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Hu Xin and Li YufengWe arrived in Beijing late in the afternoon. There was a bus with a driver, a national tour guide, Hu Xin (We called him Kevin), and a local Beijing guide, Li Yufeng (We called him Richard). Their picture is on the right. The national guide will accompany us throughout our trip. In each city, we will pick up a different local guide. Each guide selects an English name that is easy for us to pronounce.

We were surprised on how bad the traffic was in the city of Beijing. It is congested until 9 in the evening. You need to be very careful when walking, since cars will not stop for pedestrians.

 

Trader's Hotel BeijingThe hotel is nice, but like much of the city there is construction all around it. We were pleased with the amenities that our hotel provides. Everyone is provided with slippers, robe, toothbrush, tooth paste, shampoo, conditioner, soap, lotion, & 1 bottle of water per day. We certainly didn't need to bring our own. Nice to know for next time.

 



We walked to a nearby hotel for dinner and then retired for much needed sleep.

 

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