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Name: Melissa

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Countries Visited (not including Turnarounds): Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Brazil, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Ghana, Great Britain, Greece, Iceland, India, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Latvia, Libya, Lithuania, Malaysia, Malta, Mauritius, Moldova, Monaco, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, North Korea, Philippines, Romania, Russia, Singapore, Senegal, Serbia, Seychelles, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Tanzania, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, United States, Vatican City

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Thursday, June 14, 2007
Was pretty lucky this month. Had my birthday 'off' (it was actually a rest day, and I couldn't do a great deal, plus my mates were either on leave or on layovers), and got exactly what I bid for. Beijing was one of those flights. I tried to get the two day layover, but wasn't so lucky, and a 30 hour layover I could easily settle for.

Quite a bit of it was under construction as well, so that it's biggest tourist attractions would be fit for the hoardes of tourists expected to visit the city during and shortly after the Olympic games. It still had it's little charms and I had a much better time here than, say, Shanghai.

The Silk Market was particularly interesting. Shopping wise this is the place tourists flock to (I guess the only way a local would be caught dead here is if they were workign there) and from start to finish you get hounded in broken english to buy all sorts of things you don't need. At one stage I walked past a stall selling pashminas and the sales assistant (and I am not exaggerating here) grabbed my wrist, had it in some sort of monkey grip and hauled me into the store. My shoe's rubber soles were no match for her. I had no interest in purchasing a pashmina but she was keen. I finally broke away, wrist still quite red and sore. It was in a tug-of-war for a good 3 minutes. Psychedelic Tobogganing at the Great Wall of China

Claude, our wonderful purser, enjoying himself on the kiddies toboggan

Only a tiny section of the wall, said to stretch through 9 provinces in China

I'm sure if I stuck my neck out further I'd reach Mongolia
The obligartory group photo

And if you hadn't figured it out already, I'm at the Great Wall of China

The trip was certainly interesting with these two clowns
Keeping an eye out for lunatics like ourselves

Making the most of a Forbidden City that's heavily under construction

Just admiring the incredibly intricate paint work

The male and female lions guarding the entrance to the throne of the Emperor. The male lion has a ball under his paw, the female lion has the lion cub.

The Emperor's throne

The wall the concubines had to climb up to catch a glimpse of life outside the Forbidden City.