Beijing finally!

Trip Start Mar 18, 2011
Trip End Apr 15, 2011

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Saturday, March 19, 2011

Hello everyone!
Our second attempt ton fly to Beijing was much more successful that the first. Without anymore details to bore, we finally left at 4 pm on Satryday and arrived in Beijing on Sunday at about 6:30 pm local time. We didn't go right to the ship- they booked us a room for the night at the China World hotel in the Beijing Central Business District. Now the name sounds schlocky but the was the nicest hotel Ken and I have ever stayed in in our lives! On Monday morning we ate breakfast I. The most amazing buffet I have ever seen. Much better than the buffets at the Bellagio Las Vegas. The quality of the of the food was excellent. We tried a new fruit called Dragon fruit that had a white flesh dotted with many tiny black seeds. It was kind of like Kiwi but better.
We the toured to Tiannamen Square and the Forbidden City. It was very cold and very windy. We didn't stay long in Tiannamen Square because the wind was viscous. The Forbidden City was fascinating. Much larger than I ever imagined. I realize now how lacking my education in Asian History is. World history when I was in high school meant European History. Apparently the rest of the world didn't exist in the 60's. Thoroughly enjoyed every minute- however, I am glad that I have thick Minnesota blood, as some of the Floridians wouldn't even get off of the bus. The tour guide was excellent. Ok here's the deal. Ken said to me that he now realizes why the US should be nervous about China. The economic development is astonishing. Beijing, at least what we saw, has tons of new development. As we looked out the window of our luxury hotel at the skyscrapers with high end retail, uKen said "See, this is what communism can get you". Don't know if his tongue was in his cheek or not. (by then way, most of you know Ken and will be amazed to hear that he has lost his voice and so has been limiting his stories- hope his voice comes back soon)
After our tour, we made the 3 hour trip by bus to the new port of Tianjin, where our ship was docked. This port is HUGE. They have a brand new, large cruise ship terminal. We even drove past a factory making containers for container ships. They make everything here. There were stacks and stacks of brand new containers with the names of every shipping company in the world.
We finally got on the ship about 3 pm on Monday. Our suite is big and lovely. It has a walk in closet and separate tub and shower. The ship is much quieter than the mega ships we are used to cruising on, but that's ok. Dinner was excellent, service was great.
Today is a sea day on our way to Shanghai It is very cold- no sunning by then pool (in fact there is no water in the pool. We went to a lecture on Chinese history and read and do just whatever wefeel like. Shanghai on Wednesday where it is still forecast to be really cold high 45, evening 37. We are scheduled to do Shanghai by night with dinner in a Shanghai restaurant. Will keep you posted.
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Katie on

So awesome! Glad you made it safely. Keep the post coming!

Sara Capers on

Glad you finally made it safely! Have a wonderful time and keep up with the updates...I love it!!

Matthew Shore on

I am becoming increasingly jealous.

Kim Bonuomo on

Hope you and Ken are having a blast now that you've made it. Travel safe. Can't wait to keep hearing about it. Kim

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