We got up bright and early at 6 a.m. to get ready for a day of touring Beijing with our tour guide, Candy. There is a breakfast downstairs in the hotel, but Laura and I decided it was too much to spend on breakfast, so we went outside and found a small cafe and got dumplings and orange drink for our breakfast. Candy came and picked us up and told us we would be heading to the Great Wall! Traffic was horrible so it took a long time to get out of the city, but once we did it picked up and in a little while we were at the base of our climb. There were lots and lots and lots of stairs to hike up to get to the wall, but once we got there it was super neat! I really enjoyed seeing something that is so renowned and majestic.
I took tons of pictures and we had a great time. We spent about an hour and a half on the wall, exploring and talking. I couldn’t believe I was actually there. I don’t know, it all seems surreal and I just never imagined that I would ever actually get to walk on the Great Wall, and there I was. So cool. On our way down we decided to take this slide thing. It was super fun! It zig-zagged down the mountain and the four of us had a blast sliding down. It was definitely worth the extra 5 bucks!
We met back up with our tour guide and headed to lunch. Lunch was cool. We ate at a round table with the circle thing in the middle that you spin the food around on. It was very excellent also and the restaurant itself was pretty neat. It was like a green house with bamboo places to eat in.
Once we finished (meals take a lot longer hear, I think it is because you’re using chopsticks and can’t go as fast), we headed to the Temple of Heaven. That was pretty neat. It was pretty. Very ornate and full of interesting rituals. When we first got to the park where the temple is located, we had a ‘tea ceremony.’ This was pretty interesting. A lady prepared different teas for us and let us try them and taught us the proper way to take tea in China and the reasons behind some of their rituals. It was really cool and just about convinced me to become a tea drinker.