We were suprised to find an english breakfast as the only option in the hostel and found the vegitarian option amussing- "vegitarian option the same as regular but without meat!". We set out to Beihei Park and made 'discovery 2' - the bikes in Beijing are even more crazy than the taxis. We have seen several with about 4 people on and often they are carrying huge loads. They also like ringing their bloody bells!
Beihei Park had a pretty courtyard with walled ponds and Buddish Temples. There was lots of strange people dancing and writting Chinese characters on the pavements with water - v. strange also.
It was here we had our first experience of the wonderful traditional toilets. They have a bowl shape, flat with the floor that you have to crouch over - nice!!
We had lunch by the lake in a cafe and found the Chicken dish was literally a whole chicken diced up and put into the meal - we had skin, bones and I think I may have eaten a toe! Gemma is now a veggi. Another fine thing very common to China is the spitting. Everyone seems to spitt all the time and they are not shy about it. Seems the louder they bring it up the better. Urrr
In the afternoon we had a free Hutong tour with Piper - one of the girls working at the hostel. Apparently her énglish' name had changed the day before we got here as she got bored of Jennifer. She took us to a flee market where we spent most of the time looking at the crazy animals they were selling. They sell loads of cricket type creatures because apparently they like having the sound they make in their homes. We then went to a vegitable market and taught piper the names of all the vegitables. Nothing to report on the rest of the tour.
In the evening we went out with a few people we met in the youth hostel. The bar was expensive compared to everything else here and its apparently because bars and going out in general are a western thing and all owned by ex-pats.