This afternoon after my lunch of Bau Ze (apparently not dumplings however much they look like them), I ventured out into the city for a walk South past the Western shopping and dining area of Sanlitun. I really underestimated the size of this city; what I thought was going to take a maximum of an hour round journey, with a little extra for wandering actually took around 4 hours and I was exhausted by the end of it but so hyped about what the day had to offer.
(I’m not going to lie, I don’t really know any of the history of this temple, there were police patrolling and I think you had to pay to go inside but still, it looks beautiful!)
Alter of the Sun:
After a crazy afternoon I was ready to sleep for about 12 hours, but instead was dragged out to practise using the subway, and ended up in a Hutong, a series of commercialised residential streets with suiveneer shops and bars. Tomorrow my plan is to explore more of this area and maybe get some little presents for people back home, after finishing and submitting some commission work I had promised for three days ago. I really didn’t anticipate how much of my energy just being here was going to take up and I have been majorly distracted, the same applies for my dissertation. My laptop is running on fumes at this point and I need to prioritise finishing this work before it gives up and possibly explodes on me. It’s just so hard when there are bright lights and tasty Chinese food as far as the eye can see.