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... in its construction, it is completely balanced by wooden pillars. The temple is located within a vast park and in the early mornings the area is alive with tai chi enthusiasts, elderly men practicing Chinese calligraphy, dancers and performers reciting Beijing opera. We were fortunate enough to see these activities when we arrived much to our delight. Back to the hotel at lunch time and a free afternoon. We walked down to a large plaza for some lunch in a huge food ...
... heaps of photos and just marvelled at the views and the enormity of 2000 years work to keep the Monguls out, and all the people who died during construction. The Chinese were given 2 choices in those days - fight for the army or help build the wall. Definitely a day to remember - calling it the Great Wall of China is an understatement. Photos tell the story but you had to be there as the saying ...
... exactly correctly, you might as well just make up your own language.
The hutong is what a traditional Chinese neighborhood is called. Why Renee felt it necessary for me to go see one considering she stuck me in the middle of one for my hotel was beyond my comprehension. I guess that is what I get for just showing up, and not being involved in planning my own trip. Sun and Jinling dropped me off at a line of bicycle tuk tuks and I ...
... parents who had professional connections in Beijing or Shanghai. They would go off telling others their career plans and how they planned to make it big in China. Honestly, those people were so boring! Even a few expressed their desire to do law school. No way would I follow that depressing path.
I was clearly the hippie in the group. My main reason coming to Beijing was to "find myself." My soul was emptied after how much people crushed me back ...
... my offer to join the band.
Then Mrs. Flynn and Mrs. Confair's boys Hugo and Aaron came over to me. They are just the sweetest guys.
"Don't cry," they said," We will see you again."
and then gave me the biggest hugs.
Chaperones were crying, students were crying, host students were crying, host parents were crying...
This 4th of July instead of fireworks, we had waterworks.
It had been raining earlier ...