March 8th – 10th, 2013
March 8, 2013
Today we embarked on our long journey to Asia. We decided to fly into Beijing two days earlier so that we can take an extensive tour of the city and take our time to visit the magnificent Great Wall of China and The Forbidden City.
March 09, 2013
Our tour guides name was Tony he spoke perfect English and was informative which was great. We walked through Tiananmen Square. We saw this guy tearing up paper and causing a scene Tony told us to make sure not to take any pictures because the police might confiscate your camera and maybe you with it. Tony also told us as we were walking through Tiananmen Square not to ask where the tank was when they had the protests there back in 1989 he said he wasn’t allowed to tell us. The next stop was the Forbidden City.
One thing that I found funny was that some of the Asians started taking pictures of me. Tony said that they lived in the mountains and had never seen Caucasian people before.
March 10, 2013
The next day we drove to The Great Wall of China. It is amazing in person. Pictures don’t do it justice. We walked the wall about one mile and couldn’t believe how tired we got. We didn’t realize some parts were steeper than others and how quickly you get tired.
After the visit to the Great Wall, we went to Fanghua, and I had a necklace of pearls strung right in front of me. We then went to eat a late lunch with Tony and our driver. What do you eat while in China you guessed it Peking Duck.
We rested at the hotel and then got ready to go to dinner. We had a great dinner at TRB Forbidden City. The dinner was great, and the desserts were fabulous.
One thing I found surprising was that every day when we got back to the hotel after walking around the city I would wipe my face with a white washcloth and it would be black from all the smog.