Monday 15 May
Hello everyone! Finally arrived in Beijing after a grueling 16 hours of non-stop flying. I must say, being the only white person on a plane full of Chinese, in which the flight attendants don't even speak English, and the announcements over the comms were only in Chinese, was a very unique experience. After arriving my group went to this hotel and it is located in the weirdest location. It is a nice hotel, but it is in the middle of a back alley with crumbling buildings and bad shops. Love it.
Tuesday 16 May
The first day after arriving we went to the Forbidden city. It
was weird because the president of China drove by in his convoy. Talk
about a close encounter. The forbidden palace itself was underwhelming.
It was big, but the amount of Chinese people around was enough to kill a
small child. Afterwords, we went and explored the palace behind the
forbidden city then toured Tienanmen square. Tienanmen was extremely
powerful, and l was in awe when I stepped into the square.
Wednesday 17 May
The food here is in china is amazing. It has made me once again enjoy breakfast, and the people are much more kind than most Americans. I am excited to see what tomorrow will bring.
Today we went to see the summer palace. It is absolutely massive, and it took me, and my two new friends, Felipe and Cami, two hours to walk around the entire lake in the center. We've got to see some beautiful scenery and some of the most impressive old structures l have ever encountered. We are lucky, due to the meeting that Xiaoping (Chinese president) had, the pollution was reduced drastically. It has been great air quality for the past three days. Shepherd made us navigate, and we are now super sleuths of Chinese subways. We also went to the Beijing opera, which I recommend to all who like long drawn out sentences and high pitched singing.
Thursday 18 May
Hello guys! Welcome back to today's episode of China today! I went to the Great Wall today, and oh boy it hurt to get to the top. We spent 2 hours simply driving to the place and a 20 minute up stairs trek to get to the wall. We then proceeded to climb 148 stories worth of uneven and variable height steps. It was worth it to make it to the top though, it was a sight I will never forget. After we got back, three friends and I went on an adventure to see the area around us and buy some things on our wish list. It was great, and we all are going to sleep, only to get up at 3:00 am tomorrow to see the changing of the guard.