Then the mother of one of the girls appeared around the corner. I debated with myself for a moment whether I should flee, or stay to face the music. I decided to stay. Not only did she not get upset, but she proceeded to tell me about the neighbourhood and even their family, and invited me to visit their home! It turned out they lived somewhere near the Great Wall, but rented a room in one of the courtyards in
So I had a chance to legitimately visit one of the courtyards and here are some views of the inside of the courtyard. It did not look like a traditional四合院 because the courtyard had been almost completely filled with shabby additions.
She had to prepare for a hot pot dinner with friends coming over, so she asked her husband to entertain me. We ended up talking sitting on their bed. They had a pretty big bed but the room was only about double the size of the bed, and they were going to have the hot pot dinner inside the room. They do have a refrigerator and a TV, and they are not poor – there is plenty of demand for taxis since the economy is blooming and the Olympics are coming. But real estate is expensive in