|There are lots of places to hide in the Forbidden City....|
|Christmas Eve grub|
|Out in Sānlǐt�n on Christmas Eve|
It was then out for the traditional Christmas Day walk, only this year it was around Tiananmen Square to see Mao and do our traditional jump of the day photo.
|Christmas Jump of the Day: The Girls|
|Christmas Jump of the Day: The Boys|
|Attracting attention in Tiananmen Square|
On Boxing Day we visited the Lama Temple which is a Tibetan Buddhist monastery. It houses a 26 metre tall Buddha carved from a single piece of sandalwood. It was rather impressive and very beautiful. Again Jake mentioned Jesus when he saw how enormous the statue was.
|At the Llama Temple|
|Jonny on the ice having been chased by a |
Chinese ice hockey player!
|Christmas Day fishing...|
Xīn Ni�n Ku�i L�!!For New Year we were all out in Tianjin and started our evening at a gem of a curry house. We saw in 2012 with friends, a lot of wine of varying colours and even managed to sing/slur a chorus of Auld Lang Syne. It was not quite the same as New Year�s festivities at home as it is not traditional to celebrate 1st January here but on the plus side, being in China we get to celebrate two New Years in 2012! To see in the new lunar calendar this year, on 23rd January, we will be in the exceptionally exciting city of Hong Kong�.
But for our next stop: the wonderfully frozen ice city of Harbin for their annual ice festival.
Current weather forecast: sunny with an average temperature of -20�C
|A glimpse of what we have to look forward to |