The Great Wall – Day 3

Today was our big day of tours in Beijing. Tours began at 8:00 am with a walking tour of Tienanmen Square followed by a tour of the Forbidden City and a walk on The Great Wall of China. Weather today was rainy in the morning which thankfully cleared off by about lunch time. Our rain ponchos really came in handy today. In addition, Tu made a gift of different colored umbrellas to the girls. Auntie Tu was even able to gift both Mia and Becca umbrellas in their favorite colors as Mia’s is orange and Becca’s is pink.

Following a walk through from south to north of Tienanmen Square, including a stop to pose for a group photo, we entered the Forbidden City. This lead to a cultural learning experience for Becca of a different sort. For those of you who have traveled you are well aware that the restroom facilities are different than the western accommodations we are accustomed to. Well today was Becca’s first experience with using an Asian toilet. Becca tried to tell me she wanted to use a “real” restroom but as I told her that is as real as it gets in China. Jenae, who was also in the restroom at the same time, said she enjoyed my tutorial as I was in the stall with Becca trying to give her a little advise. Please understand this all comes from a child who doesn’t want to go on a tree (or in Kansas as Mia says, on a weed). I guess learning comes in all different ways!

The highlight for Mia today was going to The Great Wall. As I understand it there was a debate between siblings as Tim counted 809 steps from the parking lot level to the top of the mountain and Jenae counted 810. In the end that was just too many uneven steps for me so Lois and I waited at a vantage point after walking some of the wall and just enjoyed the view. I was able to find “I climbed the Great Wall” t-shirts for Mia and Becca who ran ahead of all the adults both up and down all those stairs.

Our trip to the Great Wall also consisted of a couple of extra stops. First to a Jade factory where we had an education about jade and jade carving followed by some time to shop. We also had a drive through the Olympic Park in Beijing from the 2008 Summer Olympics complete with our photo op near the Bird’s Nest and Water Cube. (Jenae was just thrilled!) Lastly we stopped at Dr. Tea for a tea ceremony and sampled four different teas.

We had a very full day and are exhausted. It seems that Becca is a sort of celebrity here in China. Tu had told me early in the trip that the Chinese people would like Becca because she is such a pretty little girl and has such a light complexion. Today women would come up and touch her when we walked along our tour, people waved to her and gave me the thumbs up and many Chinese people asked to pose with her to have their picture taken. I was not offended because this happened to so many of us on our last visit when we adopted. Many people, women in particular, would come up to us and touch our child or tell us how she was a lucky baby. I do hope however that Becca doesn’t let this go to her head. It seems at the moment she prefers to pose in others pictures more than those involving our family……hummm….

Goodnight from China. Tomorrow will be a big day as we go to an elementary school, learn to do paper cut and Chinese knots at the Cultural Village, shop at the pearl market, eat Peking Duck and finally take a sleeper train to Xian. As we will be in between hotels our next blog post may be a little delayed as we search for internet access which may take until we arrive at our next hotel.


4 Responses to “The Great Wall – Day 3”

  1. Samantha says:

    So glad to hear that you all are having a wonderful trip so far and are safe. So fun to hear the updates.

  2. Trina says:

    Loving these updates! Keep ‘em coming!

  3. Trina says:

    Tornado hit Wadena yesterday. Really bad storms here too – tornadoes by Albert Lea and south of us in Iowa.

  4. Robb says:

    Dad left me a message last night that the storm that hit Wadena did not hit Park Rapids other then some wind and rain but not the Tornados. We got some rain and some pea size hail here, but then it just blew over us so no damage here. Take care have a great time, we are all fine here.