Monday, April 27, 2015
CHINA Day 4: Summer Palace, the Zoo, and Kung Fu Show
For our second day in Beijing, Herbert suggested we go to The Summer Palace, one of his favorite places in the city. We took a boat down the river for about 30 minutes, which is how Empress Dowager Cixi used to get there. It was a pleasant little trip. (Except for the woman behind me on the boat who kept telling Herbert that I needed to hold Marie more tightly and that she was too cold and I should have her wear more clothes. So, sometimes it's better when you don't have a translator... I did ask Herbert about it later, though. I asked him why people were so concerned about my kids being cold. It was spring, not winter, so it must get a lot colder in Beijing than it was when we were there. His response was, "The Chinese are weaker than European people." I kid you not, he admitted to being weaker. It was priceless.)
Here is Bobby with a gargoyle of some kind on the 17-arch bridge. He's making a dragon face.
Sunday we took the day off from touring and spent some time with friends we met in married student housing at BYU in 2007 who now live in Beijing. It was the week after LDS General Conference, which is broadcast live while Asia is sleeping, so it's the week most people on this side of the world watch it. So, we watched one session with our friends. They have sons almost exactly the same ages as Scott and Bobby and then two more younger boys. We will have to watch the session again to get anything out of it, but they had fun listening for key words like, "family" and "temple" and then getting candy after hearing it 5 times. We had dinner and then took a taxi back to our hotel. It was fun to see our friends. I only wish we had taken pictures!
We went to bed very much looking forward to the next morning, when we would see the Great Wall of China...