Day 5- Out of the Wilderness and Back Home to Beijing

What a last day! Major historical landmark, getting minorly ripped off, 300km of country road, stretches of highway with potholes as big as my tire, gale force wind, and an accident with a local. What more could one ask for on the ride back home! Amy and I woke up bright and early to try and visit the Head of the Dragon, 老龙头, where the Great Wall meets the ocean before trying to make it the 300km all the way back home. After eating breakfast at the hotel and checking out, we drove to the edge of town to where we had to pay the entrance for the park where the wall was. The ticket prices said 100 but we knew our friends had paid “only” 80 which included a not-so-worth-it 10 minute boat ride out to sea for a view of the wall. We told them this and said
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Day 3 and 4- Enjoying The Sights By The Sea

Well it looked like my dehydration from traveling mixed with the baijiu and beer enjoyment from the night before left me severely incapacitated the next day. While I was in bed recovering, the rest of the group went out to explore the beaches, even renting a boat to take them out to sea a bit. By the afternoon I had recovered enough to meet up for lunch before the four in the car would be heading back home to Beijing. Amy and I took the rest of the day to walk around the nearly entirely abandoned resort town, enjoying some local fish for dinner before heading to bed in order to get an early start in the morning. The next day we were able to pick up some street food for breakfast, guan bing (a type of pancake with egg, lettuce, some potato, and sauce) and you tiao (油条- oil
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Day 3 and 4- Enjoying The Sights By The Sea

Well it looked like my dehydration from traveling mixed with the baijiu and beer enjoyment from the night before left me severely incapacitated the next day. While I was in bed recovering, the rest of the group went out to explore the beaches, even renting a boat to take them out to sea a bit. By the afternoon I had recovered enough to meet up for lunch before the four in the car would be heading back home to Beijing. Amy and I took the rest of the day to walk around the nearly entirely abandoned resort town, enjoying some local fish for dinner before heading to bed in order to get an early start in the morning. The next day we were able to pick up some street food for breakfast, guan bing (a type of pancake with egg, lettuce, some potato, and sauce) and you tiao (油条- oil
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Day 2- 100 Year Old Dumplings and a Seaside Ghost Town

China Traveler’s Tip: Always check your bill from your restaurant and hotels. As we were checking out this morning, the front desk/cleaning staff tried to tack on extra charges, claiming that we had used one of the for-pay packaged extras in the room. As soon as we double checked and then started kicking up a fuss though, they quickly said it didn’t matter and let us be on our way. This wasn’t the first time that this had happened when traveling in China unfortunately. We were back on the road a little later than we would have liked but made pretty good time getting to Changli where my co-worker Cindy was going to meet us. Changli was a very typical Chinese city- very crowded, busy, and congested but nice enough with a big scenic mountain in the backdrop. It certainly didn’t have the eerie feel that Tangshan from the night
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Day One- A Night at the “Simple Love Fashion Guesthouse” Anyone?

Tangshan is pretty pretty odd town (or is this a city? It’s hard to tell in China). It seems like it’s relatively new, with the city center spotted with tall buildings that don’t quite feel as if they’re quite occupied yet. The area is covered in Neon lights which is not as inviting as it might sound. The range of available accommodations for the night range from state mining companies’ official hotels (very high-end) to spas that come included with a room, hot springs, and a magic show and finally, if it suits you there are “rest accommodations” available or 休息馆 in Chinese (a Chinese category of hotel I had never heard of before, one of which was the inspiration for the title of this post) that conveniently offer hourly rate options. Unfortunately for us there wasn’t much left available in between so we settled for the best option that
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