Beijing Day 3
The weather has been good to us here in Beijing. Clear skies, cool weather, and lots of sunshine, perfect for hiking the steep slopes of the Badaling section of the Great Wall of China.
The Great Wall is the longest man-made structure on earth. Its construction began from the 5th Century BC to the 17th Century AD to keep invaders out. Today’s visit provided us with both breathtaking scenery and cultural enrichment.
We soon became the object of everyone’s attention as people stopped us to ask for our pictures, and others simply discreetly took them without asking. We will soon become “My Good friend(s) from America” on someone’s living room wall. We also met the mother of an MD alumni. Small world isn’t it! We were even asked by security to put away our MD flag. MD conquering the Great Wall? I guess we are feared even China!
After a good two hours on the Great Wall, we visited a Hutong, or a traditional walled neighborhood near the East Drum Tower of the ancient walled city. Bell towers, used until the late 1920’s were built all over China during the reign of Kublai Khan to serve as timepieces. We then took a rickshaw ride throughout narrow streets, and were treated to eat dinner in a family’s home. The owner of the house cooked a delicious meal for us, and even presented each one of us with a Chinese knot memento. This opportunity was a heart-warming experience for all. We ended our thrilled-packed day with “Chun Yi: The Legend of Kung Fu” show.
Stayed tuned for our adventures tomorrow in the city of Xi’An, once the capital of China under the Qin Dynasty where we will visit the Terra-cotta Warriors