Wednesday, May 3, 2006

Day 1 - Touring in Beijing

May 3-before tour
We’ve just returned from the fabulous breakfast buffet at the Novotel. Delicious!! I tried some congee with pickled vegetables. I had some for breakfast on the airplane too. Boring but good. Also lots of eggs to get my protein in for the day! It was a huge buffet. We sat with the Thomas’ and we all chuckled over the fact that the Novotel is a 4 star hotel…what in the world if 5 star going to be like??? We are headed to the Great Wall and the Forbidden City today. I can’t believe it! What a trip of a lifetime.

Back from our tour, sore and happy. Because this entire week is their week-long holiday, there were TONS AND TONS of people everywhere. Our guide Tom decided to take us to the Summer Palace, Tian’anmen Square and the Forbidden City. It was a looong day, but we are resting now and will go to dinner and to a Kung Fu show tonight. Cool! Here are some pics from the day. The beauty and expansiveness of everything is overwhelming and magnificent. What a splendid culture.

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