Monday, August 01, 2005

China Tour - Part I (Beijing)

Spent almost two weeks seeing the sights around China with my parents and Angela. We basically took a classic tour of China, visiting the most well-known attractions. It's a big country and almost impossible to cover much ground quickly, but we seemed to do fairly well and everyone survived.

Spirit Way - Mom, Dad & MeMy parents arrived in Beijing on Saturday, July 16th. I found an impressive 5-Star hotel near our apartment and my parents were more than satisfied with their lodgings. After a good night of sleep, we spent the next four days wandering around Beijing, the center of the world. We visited The Spirit Way (pictured on the right), The Great Wall, The Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, The Temple of Heaven and The Lama Temple and The Summer Palace, among other places. We tried to visit Mao Zedong's Mausoleum but it was closed both times we tried to enter.

The Great Wall - BadalinThe weather was horrible while we were in Beijing, as you can see in this picture of The Great Wall. Beijing whiteout mixed with maddening humidity. Not the best weather in which to go touring. There was just lots of fog everywhere and we did the best we could under the circumstances. As usual, though, these details make a trip more memorable as we had to overcome our adversities or do nothing. Fortunately, if it had been clear, it would have been even hotter so we didn't complain too much.

Obviously, these aren't my only pictures and if you want to see more, click here. I will be adding more posts and pictures throughout the week so come back when you have a few minutes to spare.

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