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Temple At The Base Of Huashan Today we caught the bus from Xian to Huashan (aka Mount Hua). After an few hours we were dropped off near to the base of Huashan. After picking up some additional supplies we proceeded to walk towards the mountain.
At the foot of Huashan is a Daoist temple. If not for the few direction signs scattered around the temple, you’d think that you’d travel back in time.
After grabbing food at the Beijing West Train Station, we started to board the train to Xian. We didn’t manage to get a sleeper cabin, just seats. Looks like this is going to be a long trip. 11 hours in fact.
Beijing West Train Station The train station was sheer bedlam. People sitting around outside, some were sleeping on the floor. And this was just outside the station.
This is the message I get on my iPhone whenever I attempt to get a GPS lock here. I’m not sure if it’s just me, the buildings, or the horrible smog…
The flight into Beijing was terrible. The plane had the smell of vomit and cheese. And their idea of “Canadian bacon” was actually half a slice of ham. But I told myself, it won’t be that bad once I get to Beijing. Oh how wrong I was.
My first day in Beijing was a harrowing experience. I was warned about the smog, but I never realised that it was going to be this bad.
In transit right now, waiting for the shops to open so that I can grab a bite to eat.
The flight was good. I didn’t get any solid sleep, but at least a few naps are a better than nothing. We landed in a fog. I initially thought were were still pretty high up as I couldn’t see anything from the windows, but the rumble of the cabin when we touched down made it evidently clear that we weren’t as high as I thought.
My last day in San Francisco has brought me to Prepare For The Playa, a preBurning Man festival of sorts. I was looking forward to this as it ment that I’ll be around more alternative types as opposed to the mainstream trend-chasers that I see everyday.
Prepare For The Playa The event wasn’t exactly what I expected but I enjoyed myself walking about looking at the interesting clothes and costumes.
After our visit to the California Academy Of Science, we went to the Japanese tea garden.
Shelter Metal Buddha Pebbled Path The tea garden would have to be one of my favourite sights during this trip. The serene environment, surrounded by nature. The only let down of the place in my opinion is that all the paths are fenced off with bamboo and you are not allowed to walk or sit on the grass.
We went to the California Academy Of Sciences today. It’s a life sciences museum in built in the Golden Gate Park.
For what looks like a small facility, it has a decent sized aquarium and a rainforest inside a dome. It’s all looks rather impressive with shiny glass and gleaming steel all round.
Everybody Loves Penguins Everybody loves penguins! Or at least so it appeared as I went on my way towards the rainforest dome.
Today’s wanderings brought me to the SFMOMA.
Foyer It wasn’t a particular busy afternoon. There were a number of people, but past the initial gallery the crowd was pretty well spread out.
Inflatable House Here’s a piece that’s 2 inflatable houses of different sizes. The larger one is set inside the smaller. And the installation inflates and deflates over time.
Undulating Wall And next to the house, tucked away in a corridor is this hallway.
This morning I decided to try breakfast at a shack by the water. Yes, a shack, and a quaint on at that.
Breakfast At Red's Breakfast of champions? I think not. Definitely not Ironman food either.
As expected, the coffee was terrible. What I hadn’t expected however was for the coffee to taste like stale cigarettes.
And with the last bits of grease gone, this intrepid explorer is off in search of some real coffee to finish off the morning.
At Gordon Biersch with a beer sampler.
Quarter past 7 on a Sunday morning.