Thursday, April 30, 2015
It has now been several months since this happened, and memories are foggy, but here's what I remember...
By the time we got to our final day in China, we were losing steam and fast, but we persevered for one more day of touring.
First, we went to the Temple of Heaven.
Wednesday, April 29, 2015
On Monday, our 4th day in Beijing, we finally went to the Great Wall of China! It was a very nice clear day, which is pretty rare in the city because of all the pollution. It had rained through the night on Saturday and it was really windy on Sunday, so we got up and had great visibility. It was a good day for the Great Wall. You can go to several different sections of the wall, but the most common, and the one with the greatest amount of access is Mutianyu. So, that's where we went.
Can you see it up there on the hill?
We had to take a little bus up the hill, through the village of Mutianyu. I guess a few years ago, anyone could drive up to the wall, but now only the tour busses are allowed. I'm not sure if that was just one more way to make money or if the villagers thought it was a good solution to reduce traffic through their little town.
[Matt typing here...]
The steeper section consisted of a staircase that went up the side of the mountain.
Some more stairs to climb.
Here's where I sat with the kids. If you zoom in a lot on this picture, you can see me sitting on the ground changing Marie's diaper and Scott sitting on the bench in a red sweatshirt and Bobby coming back from the trash can.
After lunch we went to Olympic Park to see the Bird's Nest and the Water Cube. I was really surprised at how much I was affected by seeing these buildings in person. The Beijing 2008 Olympics are probably the games I remember the best because I wasn't in school so I didn't have any homework. Matt and I were living at Wymount at BYU and we had TiVo so I got to watch everything I wanted when I wanted. It was where Michael Phelps made history! And the opening ceremonies were unforgettable. So, it turned out to be very exciting to see where it all happened in person. The buildings are now used for sporting events and other performing arts.
After they dropped me off at the park I started to make my way up the hill. The trail had a couple of pagodas lining the trail as you went up.
Here's a shot of the forbidden city from our 1st day in Beijing.
And here's a shot when the weather was a little more clear.
[back to Becky]
So, that was the day in Beijing we had all been waiting for and it did not disappoint! One more day of touring to go...