Conner's Embarkment -- Day One

Trip Start Mar 18, 2012
Trip End Apr 01, 2012

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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Day One
Current location: (39.908203, 116.400192)


            I woke up at 6:01 AM and ate breakfast at 6:32 AM.  I know I might be giving you too much miniscule data right now, but just bare with me, it's my personality.  To me, I thought I would try to avoid meat in general while I was in China, but I was tempted, and the bacon was the best bacon I have ever tried.  Sorry mom.

            Tour guide: Anthony

            After breakfast and everyone was ready, we walked over to Tiananmen Square.  It took approximately 4 minutes and 35 seconds.  When we arrived… BOOM!  In a split instance, I was bombarded with vendors from every single direction known to man.  I was in this friendly state, so I tried to act interested and not hurt their feelings.  Wrong move.  Anthony eventually told us how to say "No", yet politely.  Yet, some people (No names) would scream “Bu yao!” which was considered disrespectful.  We got to browse around the entire square while adjacent to the square was the National Bank and Forbidden City.   Fun fact: The National Bank is on the back of the 100-Yuan dollar in China.  After many pictures were taken and processed we headed to Forbidden City.

            Walking through the gates of the Forbidden City was defiantly a break taking experience compared to the photos in the movies and Internet.  I got some great pictures on my phone, but I couldn’t really upload them all.  Amid all of the people there, there were these Chinese girls who wanted to take pictures with me.  I had no idea what was going on.  In total, I had 14 girls come up to me and take pictures with me.  If anybody knows if I look like an actor/singer, please ping me, I am interested.  Also, our group found this little Asian boy with an OU hat on; I got a picture of it.  Sadly, I didn’t upload it, but you can find it here.  After the Forbidden City maze, we had lunch.  I loved the tea and meat, but I also got to endeavor the fish eyeball socket (Hint: John ate it before me, so I get the left overs). 

            After my digestion kicked in, we arrived at the Temple of Heaven by a bus.  It was hard for me to focus since these complete strangers wanted pictures with me.  It was hard to squirm out because they would grab out and move you with their friends or family.  I felt like I should of charged money.  Anyways, the temples were so exquisite and had many vibrant colorful designs. I uploaded a picture here.  We then arrived at the pearl factory, have to admit, I look pretty tough in a pearl necklace.

            After Ellie buying up all the pearls (Insert winkey-face) we awaited our massive Peking duck meal.  Personally I wasn’t a huge fan and Trey threw up in the bathroom, but overall, it was an “ok” dinner.  We were later going to tour around the markets in Beijing, but apparently Chris and I fell asleep in our room.  I wanted to taste scorpions!

            As you can see, we are very busy and are having tons of excitement.  I hope to see you all in the next blog post.
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Colleen Fate on

Great post and pictures, Conner! Thanks for sharing! If you see Ellie go near a pearl or jade factory, please do everything you can to keep her from going in!

Stan Burman on

To Conner and all,

I hope you are all having a wonderful trip. If you see any brochures on photographing panda bears in the wild, pick one up for me!


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