Monday, June 25, 2012

My Travels in China: Beijing Day 4 (Part 1)

My Travels in China: Beijing Day 4 (Part 1)

Dr. Arnold Plotnick of Manhattan Cat Specialists, loves to travel and loves cats.  So off he went... East... way way East... to China.  Over the course of the next few weeks, we will share the cultural and kitty cat highlights of Dr. Plotnick's trip.

(Continued from Day 3
I woke up Sunday detoxified of smoke, and was ready to head out to Beihai Park, a lovely park just west of the Forbidden City. It is one of the oldest, largest, and best preserved ancient imperial gardens.  It is a classic combination of the grandiosity of China’s northern gardens and the refinement of China’s southern gardens.

The park has a big lake with an island in the center. 


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Thursday, June 21, 2012

My Travels in China: Beijing Day 3

My Travels in China: Beijing Day 3

Dr. Arnold Plotnick of Manhattan Cat Specialists, loves to travel and loves cats.  So off he went... East... way way East... to China.  Over the course of the next few weeks, we will share the cultural and kitty cat highlights of Dr. Plotnick's trip.

(Continued from Day 2 Part 2)

What a day!  We woke up early and headed down to the breakfast buffet.  I grabbed a table close to the wall, in the very corner of the breakfast room.  It’s best to be inconspicuous if you’re going to sneak slices of bacon into a Ziploc bag, right?

The buffet opened at 7:00 a.m.  We got there right at 7:00, and stuffed our faces pretty well. As promised, I discretely purloined the pork, and with bacon-in-bag, we met Vivie out front.  She had her car.  She didn’t know I was bringing bacon with me (heck, who in their right mind would ever suspect this?), so she brought her own small bag of dry cat food!  Is she sweet or what?  She knew we’d need some food to lure the Great Wall strays out of their little hiding alcove.

And so, off we went. Because we left early, there was almost zero traffic, and we got to the Great Wall in about 50 minutes, instead of the usual hour and a quarter.  Vivie purchased our tickets for us from the ticket booth.


To the right of the ticket booth was a small alcove, and it is here where the stray cats tend to congregate.  Sure enough, one or two made an appearance.


Monday, June 18, 2012

My Travels in China: Beijing Day 2 (Part 2)

My Travels in China: Beijing Day 2 (Part 2)

Dr. Arnold Plotnick of Manhattan Cat Specialists, loves to travel and loves cats.  So off he went... East... way way East... to China.  Over the course of the next few weeks, we will share the cultural and kitty cat highlights of Dr. Plotnick's trip.

(Continued from Day 2 Part 1)

Getting to our next stop, Tiananmen Square, turned out to be quite a fiasco.  We hopped on a bus and we were cruising down the highway, when we noticed some sort of commotion toward the front of the bus.  A teenage girl was raising some kind of fuss about something, yelling loudly.  Suddenly the bus pulled over and stopped, and the girl continued her loud, angry tirade.  I asked Vivie what was going on.  Apparently, the girl entered the bus with her mobile phone, and suddenly it was gone, and she remembered distinctly being bumped by someone, and since the bus hadn’t stopped during the time this happened, she was convinced that the person who swiped her phone must still be on the bus. She reported this to the bus driver, who then called the police, and we had to wait in the bus while the police were en route. En route very slowly.  Vivie looked distraught.  She tried to explain to the bus driver that she was a tour guide and she had a schedule to keep, and would it be okay for us to leave the bus, but to no avail. No one was leaving until the police arrived.  It was quite a scene. After the police came (and apparently did nothing, really), we all got off the bus and grabbed another one at the next bus stop, which was nearby, fortunately.  We soon arrived at Tiananmen Square.

Tiananmen Square is the largest (and most surveilled) public square in the world.  It can hold up to 1,000,000 people.  We entered close to the site where Mao’s body is interred, past the Great Hall of the People and the Monument to the People’s Heroes,


Friday, June 15, 2012

My Travels in China: Beijing Day 2 (Part 1)

My Travels in China: Beijing Day 2 (Part 1)

Dr. Arnold Plotnick of Manhattan Cat Specialists, loves to travel and loves cats.  So off he went... East... way way East... to China.  Over the course of the next few weeks, we will share the cultural and kitty cat highlights of Dr. Plotnick's trip.

 

(Continued from day 1

What a day this turned out to be!  I’m finally back in the hotel room, and am not sure I’ll even be able to remember it all.

Despite being absolutely exhausted AND having taken Satan’s aspirin (i.e. Ambien), I slept poorly and woke up well before our 8:00 a.m. wake up call.  Like, 6:15 a.m.  We took our time, and finally moseyed down to the breakfast buffet at 8:00 a.m.  I have to say, it was quite a spread.  I needed an angioplasty by the time I was finished.  As we all know, everything goes better with bacon, and things went very well at breakfast.  In addition to multiple slices of bacon bacon bacon, I had curry noodles, fried rice, waffles, steamed pork buns, steamed pumpkin buns, bread pudding, potatoes, pork dumplings, bread, cheese, and fruit


including a weird fruit that I had never had before, called hawk thorn, which basically looked (and tasted) like a mealy cherry.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

My Travels in China: Beijing Day 1

My Travels in China

All work and no play makes a veterinarian very cranky.  Dr. Arnold Plotnick, owner and chief veterinarian at Manhattan Cat Specialists, loves to travel and loves cats; in an ideal world he would combine the two.  So off he went... East... way way East... to China.  Over the course of the next few weeks, we will share the cultural and kitty cat highlights of Dr. Plotnick's trip.

Beijing Day 1

After months of reading my guidebooks and planning my itinerary, my vacation had finally arrived.  Packed and ready, me (and my traveling companion Mark) headed to Newark International Airport, to begin the journey to the world’s most populous country, China.  Our initial destination: Beijing, the Chinese capital.

First leg of the journey:  Manhattan to Newark. We did this in style,
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