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Journeys : April May 2010
The forgotten city Nanjing This page: Chinese temple; opposite: Nanjing city skyline (top); modern Beijing, the Bird's Nest Stadium Verity Croker I'm standing at the ba se of Qixia Mountain near Nanjing, with fourteen other Jinling Hotel guests. A gold- embossed invitation slipped under my door the day before had intrigued me. A sm all-group outing sounded pleasant, so I signed up. But why are we waiting in this chilly air? What's the hold-up? "Hotel staff here soon," we are told. Stamping our feet and rubbing gloved hands together, we try in vain to ward off the cold. Soon, one after another, buses pull up and out pour hundreds of hotel staff. A long red ribbon embla zoned with Chinese characters is quickly raised and they all jam in behind it. A flag is lowered and off they hurtle, elbowing each other out of the way. Our 'small-group outing' is part of the annual hotel staff race to the top of Qixia Mountain. April / May 10 14
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