Yesterday Amy and I woke up a bit later and took a lazy stroll to the Lama Temple. As we came out of the subway station, it began to pour rain, so we had a rather wet walk ahead of us. The temple was lovely. Very calm and relaxing. The giant sandalwood Buddha was incredible (3 stories high). Afterwards we hopped back on the subway and went to Snack Street. I had some mystery meat in a pita thing and Amy chickened out on the squid on a stick and had some sort of spicy tofu instead. We also had candied grapes on a stick for desert.
We made a stop at the bank of China and confirmed that both my Visa and my bank card will let me take out money but Amy's visa still wouldn't. We went up to a teller who was able to give her money using the visa instead, leaving us wondering what the hell is up with her credit card. I'm betting it's a problem with the PIN but we cannot get ahold of the company to find out. She sent an email so keep your fingers crossed! At least she has access to money via a teller.
We also went to the antique market where I purchased a pair of binding shoes. They are old and beautiful. Hand stitched and oh so tiny! I also found a pretty coin for myself. I've been eyeing the old locks but they want too much for them. I found a lovely phoenix lock but for 150 yuan?? No thanks. That's like 20-25 bucks canadian. Even if I managed to haggle them down to 70, I still don't think it's worth that much. We'll see what I can find in Shanghai instead.
Today is the last day in Beijing and Amy and I are pretty Beijing-ed out, actually. We're checked out but the hostel is storing our bags and letting us hang out in the common areas to read and whatnot until it's time for our train. We need to leave around 8pm since we don't know where we're going or what to do at the train station.
Next stop is Nanjing. We'll probably only spend a couple of nights there since there isn't much to do. Ah how travel plans change as you go along. Either way, I'm looking forward to moving out of the smog!