The map looked very clear. It said to take exit C, Tiananmen Square was across the street and I would turn left, walk down the road a bit and see McDonalds, then turn right.
Unfortunately, the map did not show that there were 4 smaller streets before the street with the hostel was on. Also, I didn't realize that they had underground passageways instead of crosswalks.
So, I wandered around feeling stressed. I couldn't find anyone who spoke English to help me find the hostel. I decided to try a hotel that was on the corner, assuming they might be able to speak English.
They did not.
They did, however, assume I spoke fluent Chinese. Obviously I didn't.
They were able to convey that it was 4 streets down.
The world is a lot friendlier place when you aren't lost. The weather was great.
The McDonalds near our hostel.
They have these streets called Hutongs, which are pretty cool looking with shopping.
Our hostel was just down the street from Tiananmen Square and these cool looking buildings.
The streets had huge bike lanes, which were also for motorized scooters and tuk tuks and carts.
There was not a guard on the other side, so people were just sprinting around running across the street and no one understood why we couldn't cross. I figured it out later. They make you go through the underground passageway so they can x-ray all your bags.
I headed back and met Anna at the hostel.
While waiting for her, I accidentally walked into a hallway that was under construction instead of walking to the front desk of the hostel.
I glanced inside a room and immediately saw a blog stained mattress.
I thought, "Oh great, I've entered the Bates Motel."
Upon closer inspection, it was a bed frame that was being re-stained. There was no blood to be seen.
Anna joined soon after and we decided to wander around. We went to Tiananmen Square first.
There was a shopping area near our hostel, which had very Chinese shops like H&M and Uniqlo.
We made sure we didn't have the head.
We accidentally ordered more food than we intended.
China and Japan seem to have some sort of delay when it comes to removing lights.
The next day, we went to the Great Wall, which was amazing. I will write about that in my next blog!