Peking University Resource Hotel (Beijing Resource Yanyuan Hotel)
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... help each other up. It was quite a feat to accomplish because every step required that we look for a nook into which to put our feet to push ourselves up, without slipping backwards and causing all those behind to fall. Wish they had told us to bring our hiking boots; most of us were in running shoes but the guide was in rubber shoes with no socks so who are we to complain?
At around 5 pm, we finally got to the high lookout point where professional ...
... mist, completely overawed by the sight of it snaking away over the peaks. There is a long stretch of wall, accessible from Beijing where the crumbling ramparts and watch towers have been restored to make them safe for the thousands of tourists visiting each day. Beyond this is the "wild wall" which has been left alone to the elements and effects of nearly a thousand years of weathering, which was the section we were most drawn to. From where you can walk ...
... of the emperor.
We spent about two hours viewing buildings and looking at ancient statues. It is amazing to see stones that have been around for a few hundred years. I believe that most of the palace was completed in the late 1400's and was renovated many times by different emperors and the Empress Dowager. The kids enjoyed taking pictures and "photo bombing" each other!
I decided to take 5 or the guys to KFC for some chicken. The guard at ...
... Free 5.0 shoes for $50.
We then went to an electronics store and purchased a samsung galaxy tablet with keyboard ($180), samsung galaxy S4($220) and an iPhone 5S ($200).
After our shopping expedition we went and had lunch at Sarpino's Pizzeria at the silk market. Very nice pizza, doesn't seem right to come to china and have pizza for lunch.
We caught a taxi back to our hotel, dropped off ...
... Harmony: The colors red, yellow, and blue were believed to be harmonious. Each palace was (named for a different type of harmony that the Chinese people believe to be important. Everything was just gorgeous!
Hiking a hill for a view: I don't really know what this hill was called, but Sandra made sure we all hiked it to get an amazing view of the entire city. So many stair, but it was worth it!
Tiananmen Square: On our way to go shop at the silk market ...