WEDNESDAY, JUNE 28, 2006. BEIJING, CHINA. I'm back in Beijing just long enough to book a ticket on tomorrow night's direct train to Shanghai. During lunch at the Far East International Hostel, I ran into Mark, who was on the nine day Mongolian overland with me just a few days ago. Crazy. Mark caught the train and bus from UB to Beijing; It apparently was a very long and exhausting trip. I, on the other hand, flew in this morning on a two hour flight from UB.
THURSDAY, JUNE 29, 2006. BEIJING, CHINA. With a half day to spare in Beijing, I visited Zhong Shan Park, on the southwest corner of the Forbidden City. The park is dedicated to Dr. Sun Yat Sen, founder of the Kuo Min Tang. Coincidentally, as I may have mentioned in an earlier post, Dr. Sen attended my high school (but did not graduate from) in Honolulu, Hawaii. I found the most interesting part of the park was the unique and rare goldfish on display. From the park, I headed across the street to Tiananmen Square and got in line to see Chairman Mao laying in rest in his mausoleum. Although he passed away 30 years ago, Chairman Mao is still quite revered here, with the largely Chinese crowds attesting to this.