Monday, January 21, 2008

Our Time in Beijing

Today was our tour day, and we had loads of fun in Beijing! What a beautiful city (except for the smog)! We started our day with 21 other adoptive parents in our travel group. We watched snowflakes drift down, while we ate our breakfast. Our first tour was of Tian'an Men Square, the largest public square in the world, enough space to accommodate one million people! From there, we walked to the Forbidden City, home of the former emperors of China. Before lunch we toured a Jade factory. We purchased a special jade pendant for our daughter with a carving of her zodiac symbol,a pig, to represent the Year of the Pig, the year in which she was born (2007). The pig is supposedly the luckiest of all the zodiac signs. Anyway, we'll give it to her as a special gift on her 18th birthday. After lunch, we went to the Great Wall of China. I now understand why this is one of the wonders of the world. It's magnificent! It's unbelievable that it was built thousands of years ago and stretches 6000 kilometers. Though it was snowy and steep, we had a lot of fun hiking part of it (tomorrow my legs probably won't think it was so fun)and watching folks slide down it. We were able to get some beautiful pictures from a few of the towers along the way. Later, we went to a Pearl Factory and then to dinner.

Tomorrow morning, we, along with other adoptive families in our group, fly to Nanchung in the Jiang Xi Province in preparation to meet our babies on the following morning! This is the city in which we will have the longest stay.

We're having a wonderful time in China!

10 comments:

Klaudette said...

Wow! The pics are so awesome. Sounds like a very adventurous an fun day! Nanchung's next!! So is it just one more day until you meet Elyza?!?! YEAH!!

Brandon & April said...

Glad to see everything has gone well so far! I am so excited to be able to follow your journey!

Anonymous said...

THank you for the great photos and updates, you two look so GREAT! How exciting, and thank you for sharing this awesome journey this way! Looking forward to more posts! love you guys. alegra

Anonymous said...

i am so thrilled for you guys!!!!!!love cochet

David said...

So, how's the Great Wall in snow? Love the pictures, and of course very anxious to hear about the next steps.

Sending positive thoughts and good wishes your way...

Kristen and Dave

Anonymous said...

I love following your journey! I am just so so thrilled for you two! I hope that tomorrow is everything you dreamed it would be and much more. Many blessings for an unforgettable day of memories to last a lifetime...
Much love and congratulations,
Jessica

The Shocks said...

It looks so cold there.

Jodee Leader said...

Great pictures. I am glad you are having a wonderful time so far! Can't wait to see her!

yimcin said...

would like to roller blade or bike the great wall..it so huge..wonderful pictures...enjoy you times and God bless ;your family...uncle

Mrs. B. said...

How wonderful! Isn't the wall (and the rest of Beijing) amazing? That is where my husband and I were engaged. ;)