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2nd week

During my second week in the CSR-office my job mainly was to revise and correct a report of a company that already meets up to the standards required by the Responsible Supply Chain Association. At the moment there aren’t that many people in the office due to vacation or business trips. Usually we are 9 people including me but at peak times last week there were about 3 persons in the office 😉

On Friday I invited a few friends over to my apartment in order to have a little warming-up session before finally going out in the San Li Tun area (Shooters, Komoko) again. Saturday for me was very suitable for a little clothes shopping and having a suit and a few shirts done at the taylor of my trust. In the evening Fan (a guy from work) took Alex (a Swedish guy we happened to meet coincidently) and me to a really nice hot pot restaurant (Dolarshop). Following that we had a few cold beers in Hou Hai, as last weekend. On Sunday I eagerly wanted to do some sight-seeing. Therefore I headed towards the spot I liked most in Beijing when I was here for the first time last year – Tian Tan. It suddenly started to pour so heavily made me not enjoy the special sight that much. That’s why I’m referring to a former entry in the golden week, where I had more luck with the weather and could take better pics.

Beijing (北京) Oct. 08

For me it’s quite nice to see the reminiscence and what a great time we had at our golden-week stay in Oct. 2008.

To conclude, just a little traditional cliché about Chinese habits (some of you China experienced guys may have already stumbled across…): 你吃了吗?(Did you eat already? Have you eaten so far?) is more or less replacing the good old 你好 (ni hao, hello) or 早上好 (good morning) in lunch or breakfast time. It’s rather almost a rhetorical question, puts further emphasis on the eating habits and the importance Chinese people attach to it.

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On Tuesday Felix, Rene and me went to a place of the Great Wall (长城), called Mutianyu (慕田峪), which is said not to be that crowded because it’s not easily accessible by public transportation. It’s in the northeast of Beijing located in Huairou District and said to have the largest construction scale and best quality among all sections of Great Wall. The many watch towers and the scenery surrounding the wall make it a really unique place. On the advice of Kim we took a private driver there. Arriving there after one and a half hours, we made our way up by Cable Car. We had a marvellous and actually very hot day and the place fortunately wasn’t that crowded as for instance Badaling is supposed to be during the national holidays. After walking/climbing on the Great Wall for several hours we had to get down somehow. A really funny part followed as we went down by speed chutes as you can see in my badly filmed movie while going down. It would have been more fun if we had the whole track for ourselves because we always had to brake for the people in front. Though it was a very nice experience and we were pretty much exhausted and depleted from that trip.

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In the evening Felix and me went to the Lisa Taylor place for fitting, where we ordered some shirts on Monday. In case of Felix it’s literally not ‘some’ shirts – it was 17! He really capitalized on finding a good taylor in Beijing. My shirts were already finished completely and fitted perfectly. Following that we met with Raphael our friend from Quebec, who just arrived in Beijing and we had dinner together at Hooters Beijing 😉 [Please spare the ‘Oh man, you’re in China, why are going to Hooters’ – comments^^]

The stories of the rest of the week will follow soon, so stay tuned!

Related: Beijing (北京) (Tian’anmen, Tian Tan)

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