Today's itinerary consisted of the silk museum, the Summer Palace, Ti'anmen Square, Forbidden City, pearl factory, tea ceremony, and dinner at the Peking Duck. It was amazing to see different parts of Chinese history know that many of these places were built before America was even a colony. We also learned that no matter the religion here - they all believe in feng shui. As you see, our guide Sherry, kept us very busy.
One of our favorites was the silk museum. It is very fascinating to see that they use every part of the worm to cocoon, even it's waste product. It is truly a wonder what is made from this little worm. I enjoyed experiencing the tea ceremony at Dr. Tea. Learning about different teas and tasting them. Emily and I purchased us some new tea cups we cannot wait to have with our new tea. I hope Dr. Tea will ship to US for when I run out. Did you know there is a tea that is better with age, and it taste like rice? It is called puer tea.
Tomorrow we will attend a church service in international visitors, and then we will travel to the Great Wall. I am anxious to see how far up the wall we will make it. Yesterday we climbed the Bell Tower, and that was pretty tough. We cannot wait to see this wonder of the world. Despite the current state of affairs here in the country, it is a very interesting history and a long one at that.
It is hard to believe, in 2 days we will meet our daughter. We pray she is just as excited as we are.
Our awesome guide - Sherry
Here we are getting ready to take a rickshaw tour thru Old Beijing
Coming down from the Bell Tower
Girls with famous Chinese artist - Vincent
pulling the silk
building at Summer Palace
In Ti'anmen Square getting ready to go into Forbidden City