Sunday, October 22, 2006

To get around in the hutong district, we took rickshaws. There were about 20 of us on the tour, so that meant 10 rickshaws following each other. This was my driver. The guide asked us to tip them at the end because they're rural people and live from tips. I wonder, though, if the tourist agency isn't exploiting them and not paying them itself! We visiting a prince's garden and a drum tower, but the highlight was going into a home and talking to the tenant, a lady who also cooks for tourists! Apparently, she retired early from a factory and like 20 or so other women in the neighborhood is helping supplement the family income by opening her home to tourists.


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