Tuesday, November 27, 2007

The Great Wall Visit and UNIX wall

I'm using the wall command for this post but only to stay within the format of this blog (Use of command and then show its output). And it is also being used as a pun to boot.

# wall
I just returned to South Korea from Beijing, China. It was a relaxing 5 days but also a bit cold and foggy for my liking.

The group tour package venues exceeded my expectations. We visited the Temple of Heaven, Lama Temple, Tiananmen Square, The Forbidden City, Summer Palace, Silk Factory, Hutong, Hard Rock Cafe, Jade Factory, and Pearl Factory, a couple markets (not my idea :)) and the Great Wall. The Great Wall is an amazing feature and was by far the best venue. I traversed its highest tower carrying a 20+lb backpack. Unfortunately, my quads and hams were really sore for a couple days afterwards.

The 2008 Olympics will be held in Beijing and everything seemed to be under construction. It’s amazing how much time, money, and effort goes into preparing for these games. The Chinese are hoping for post Olympic results similar to what South Korea experienced in 1988 – a vast infusion of foreign investment.

One last thing, I could not access my blog, "My SysAd Blog," via my hotel's Internet connection (business center). Instead, I was redirected to China's leading search engine, Baidu. It returned an outdated index of "My SysAd Blog." I think most blogs are blocked. Yahoo mail and Gmail were accessible but Hotmail was not.

I would recommend a visit if you get the time.

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