So I forgot the past few days to write something, and I actually started some uni work…
After our uneventful few days of Christmas/Boxing Day and the day after, we decided to actually go somewhere slightly more touristy. The Temple of Heaven. I thought it was just a temple but no, it’s in a park. A big park. And there are lots of smaller temples but the one I thought of (and I suspect most people would) is the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests.
The only problem was that it started to snow whilst we were there, so it got cold very quickly, coupled with the snow leftover from the days before made our experience a bit gloomier than we expected. We carried on walking through the park to the ‘Echo Wall’ where you can hear someone from the other side because of the echoes. I didn’t quite understand how it works as it’s not hugely big so you could probably hear someone without it.
When the snow got heavier we decided to leave as the main part of the park closed at 5pm anyway and headed back to the silk market for last minute gifts. This time we haggled more than the first time, and were much better because we knew how to haggle. That doesn’t stop it from being awkward or uncomfortable when they want a ludicrous price and we didn’t budge from our normal one. It was still fun though and I bought what I needed so I wasn’t too bothered. However by this point we had been there almost two weeks and people were getting ill (flu, food poisoning – that’s for another post…) and I was much more tired than I had been so the haggling may have felt more tiring than it actually was.