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... the situation which happened multiple times(in just one day so far!). Good thing, since the people are very insistent and I'm not sure no would have been much of an option.
Our day continued with a Hutong Tour. Hutongs are small neighborhoods originating back to the Yuan Dynasty (1300's). We took a rickshaw ride through the hutong and stopped at a local home for lunch. (*side note to my dear ...
... br> These are just some of my first impressions. Especially impressive are the arts and sports facilities in the school. The art classrooms are in what looks like an art gallery. There is a beautiful theater. There are several gyms, an indoor pool, weight and fitness rooms, dance and yoga studios and 2 domes with tennis and indoor tracks.
I will have to take plenty more pictures, but please enjoy what I have taken so far!
... as my eyes took a short time to readjust to the sheer amount of haze, smog and cloudiness that was blocking the clear view. You couldn't see 10 feet in front of you, the weather was that bad. There was light drizzle so I thought it may clear up, but after 3 hours of hiking the steepest and deepest set stairs I have ever seen, there was no such luck. I wouldn't say the day was ruined, but it was very difficult to even contemplate where you were, ...
"Don't travel like a tourist; travel like a traveler."
This quote, from my aunt, is one of my favorites. Fortunately, this trip allows me to do just that.
Well, it allows me to do it in a way. While I've seen Tiananmen Square and we'll hit the Great Wall and the Forbidden City later, we're not traveling like tourists. We're traveling like scholars. Today's adventure is a perfect example.
We woke up and took the subway to our meeting ...
... by the end of it our legs could not support our weight. Dad was laughing at our legs continuously shaking for the next hour. But we’re proud to say we made it to the highest point of the wall within sight. We made it to six different watch towers, when most of the rest of our group only got to 3 or 4. Boom.
But for real, it was awesome. Looking out from the top of the mountain and seeing this wall I was ...