Days 8-12 basically consisted of work work work so I wont bore you with the details there… leading us to Saturday 11th, my 13th day on the other side of the world! Today I went to Beihai Park, an imperial garden northwest of the Forbidden City in Beijing. Containing a huge man-made lake with an island in the centre and landscaped gardens, the park contains some interesting Buddhist artifacts, an impressive dragon screen (to ward off evil spirits) and an assortment of older people doing Thai Chi and practicing calligraphy on the pavement!
All in all, a nice place for a leisurely stroll! More photos here.