Saturday, July 7
Flew to Beijing. There was a little misunderstanding on how close (or how far away) the subway stop really was from our hotel. So basically we had a death march through the city to our hotel in the Saturday afternoon heat. With our luggage. Of course, there was not a taxi in sight that would stop for us!
Not to worry, we had a delicious dumpling feast that more than made up for our pain.
Sunday, July 8
Sunday we went to church...only weren't told that the 9 a.m. sacrament meeting was cancelled in the summer months. So really we just chatted with a few other people there that didn't get the memo either.
Then off to the Summer Palace! The Summer Palace was absolutely incredible. Crazy to think about how many people it took to build all of the amazing structures (and lake!) solely for the emperor and family to enjoy.
The whole gang on the seventeen-arch bridge.
Matt and I dressed as an emperor and empress.
Overlook from Longevity Hill.
We also went to a Chinese Acrobat show on Sunday night, which was so fun!
Monday, July 9
Went to the Great Wall. Only one word: AMAZING. I still have trouble believing that I was actually there.
We took the cable car up to the wall, and rode the Alpine Slide down. The Alpine Slide was about three times as fast as the one in Park City, such a blast.
Then we went over to the Temple of Heaven.
Tuesday, July 10
This day we had a division of the group. Matt, Wayne, Spencer, and Megan went to see Chairman Mao's tomb. It was about a 2 hour line to see his body. I came later with my parents and Shauna. We met at Tianamen Square (don't forget that according to the Chinese, absolutely nothing happened here. So really, it is what this picture displays, a large public square with lots of people wandering around.)
Then we headed over to the Forbidden City. The best part of the Forbidden City was learning about all of the concubines. Very interesting. But the history and everything else about it was cool too.
Notice my shirt: Hello Kitty says hi from Beijing! Oh, and look at the blue sky! That is a rare event in Beijing.
Then we were supposed to get on the night train to our next city, Xi'an. Only we missed it because of a mix up with the travel agency. Whoops. After sitting in a train station for 3 hours we finally got our transportation figured out. Just another funny story!