We had a fantastic day of touring around the city of Beijing today. I am going to have a hard time figuring out which photos to post! Our day started out with a visit to Tian'an men Square with our Children's Hope agency travel group of about 10 adoptive families. Over a million people can fit on the square! The temperature was in the 30's with a wind chill of around 20
degrees! My little Florida girls could hardly enjoy it for being so cold. My tough little Mongolian girl was warming up her sisters by letting them put their hands in her coat pocket with her hands! Wen Jun gave us her version of the history she learned. Next, we visited the Forbidden City which was far and away more than I ever thought it would be. The architecture was unbelievable and you could feel the history at every turn. We were also able to view the famous Olympic "Bird's Nest" and "Water Cube." Our jaws dropped at how huge and detailed they are!
For lunch, we went to a traditional Chinese restaurant and had the famous Beijing (Peking) roast duck along with about 12 other delicious dishes. We ate until we popped! The highlight was Wen Jun chatting up the waitresses, totally winning them over. Then Lia decided she was going to talk to them, too, so started making up her own language! It was hysterical!
Our last stop of the day was a drive out to a portion of the Great Wall. It is thousands of miles long, and we stopped at a small portion. Larry, Macie and Avree trucked to the top (over 1000 steps) and I took Lia and Wen Jun. I was just going to go as far as they could go, and darned if they didn't make it to the first base which was 200 steps short of the top! The stairs were covered with ice, but we did it! It was VERY interesting going down, but Wen Jun was unbelievably brave and I think it was a huge lesson in trusting Mama.
We are off to Hohhot, Inner Mongolia tomorrow morning and I am unsure how reliable our internet connection will be there. I will do my best to post asap. Thanks for all of your comments - it is so great to hear from home!
Love to all,