9. June 2000, Rest Day in Beijing
Beijing has many cultural attractions on offer. The "Forbidden City", the former imperial palace, itself is a museum that could easily take two days to visit. Apart from the old sights in city, there is the modern Beijing to see and there is also the Chinese opera or the circus and if you are prepared to venture outside, you should visit the Great Wall. We did not have much time to do any of this (well, we saw the Great Wall on our way to Beijing) as we were working, preparing and recuperating but again, we promised ourselves to come back and visit. With an important, modern city like Beijing this is of course more likely than with some of the cities we have been to before.
Today, Sami and Ahmet drove our car to an airport 200 kms outside of Beijing where it will take an Antonov airplane to Anchorage. In the evening there is the prize-giving and the celebration for the "London to Peking" participants. There are many prizes in different categories so I will not try to list them but I hope that the winners are listed on the official website of the Rally Office.
Overall 1 hour 10 minutes penalty