After the disappointment of Olympic Park, the day became more interesting. We visited The Hutong, once the old walled city. The buildings were ancient with age and from life. We drove through the shopping district but did not stop. As the bus meandered through the old town’s narrow streets, we learned a new subway station had been planned for the area and building were being torn down and replaced.
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We were headed for a rickshaw ride.
I had been worried about runners pulling us in traffic, as in cars. I suppose I’ve seen too many movie. Ricksaws had progress to pedal power.
The roads are bricked and narrow. Other customers other than our Group 8 had come for a ride.
Falling buildings and new parked cars. The alleys were full of contrasts. You wouldn’t believe the electrical boxes and the the plugs inserted in them helter skelter.
We all know alleys are a playground for wandering, stray cats. I saw none, nor any dog either.
Sue and I whispered behind the driver’s back how guilty we felt having this not-so-young man peddling for all he was worth. We had been instructed to tip him, but no more than $2.00 USD.
Our driver, a warm and generous guy, was happy to have a picture with Sue and I.
The things people throw out. I didn’t see anything wrong with the girl’s two wheeler but I also didn’t jump out of the ricksaw to inspect it.
I cannot recall is this is a restaurant or a temple.
Next on August 1, Beijing Day 5, Part 4: A Special Peking Duck Dinner
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