Hutong and Tea

"Bell Tower" Beijing, 2018
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“Bell Tower” Beijing, 2018

こんばんは。How’s it going?

Today was our last day in Beijing, but before we left for Xi’an, we visited a Hutong, or old neighborhood, and visited a world-renowned artist who paints the inside of glass objects. It was amazing to see how she uses a curved brush to apply the paint so delicately and precisely.

"Painting" Beijing, 2018
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“Painting” Beijing, 2018

Next, we traveled by rickshaw to the Bell Tower (钟楼) for a tea-tasting. We tried five different kinds of tea, and then had the opportunity to buy the tea, of course. It was fun and delicious!

"Tea Prep" Beijing, 2018
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“Tea Prep” Beijing, 2018
"Tea Cup" Beijing, 2018
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“Tea Cup” Beijing, 2018

 

After the Hutong tour, it was time to head for the airport and catch the flight to Xi’an. And that is where I’ll end today’s update.

See you tomorrow!

おやすみ

"Red Door" Beijing, 2018
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“Red Door” Beijing, 2018
"To Xi'an" Beijing, 2018
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“To Xi’an” Beijing, 2018

Great Wall

"Great Wall" Badaling, 2018
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“Great Wall” Badaling, 2018

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Today our tour took us to the Badaling section of the Great Wall. 30 years ago when I visited, I believe we came to the same section, but we started at the main parking area. This time our tour group took the tram up to the top, and from there we were able to hike along the wall. We first completed the easy section to the end, then turned around and went for a bit on the hard section. It was significantly more difficult because of the steepness of some of the sections, but my brothers and I did well.

It was pretty amazing to be up on the Great Wall even if it is a big tourist destination.

"Great Wall" Badaling, 2018
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“Great Wall” Badaling, 2018
"Great Wall" Badaling, 2018
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“Great Wall” Badaling, 2018

I thought these instructions at the front of the escalator were pretty funny.

"Instructions" Badaling, 2018
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“Instructions” Badaling, 2018

And I always enjoy looking at the ice cream freezers when they have a photo of a beautiful woman on it!

"Cold Treats" Badaling, 2018
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“Cold Treats” Badaling, 2018

After our visit to the Great Wall, we went to the Jade factory/market and received some “education” on the tradition of Chinese jade, the meaning behind it, the types of stone, and the quality differences. After the short lesson, we were provided with a pretty huge lunch with plenty of beer, wine, and a super-potent liquor. I sure this was in order to loosen up everyone’s purse strings before shopping in the jade market. 😆

"Strong Stuff" China, 2018
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“Strong Stuff” China, 2018

After that, we checked out the park at the entrance to the Ming Tombs, then drove through the 2008 Olympic area and saw the “Bird’s Nest” stadium, and the “Water Cube” from the bus, before returning back to the hotel.

Since we had a couple hours before dinner I did a little shopping at my favorite two stores: Uniqlo and Muji. I didn’t buy anything, but I always enjoy browsing those two!

And to conclude the day, we went to a restaurant for Peking Duck, where we stuffed ourselves and drank a bit too much! The food was yummy and the company was hilarious. It was a good time, for sure!

"Peking Duck" Beijing, 2018
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“Peking Duck” Beijing, 2018

I hope you had a great day! Tomorrow there’s a morning tour and then we fly to Xi’an for the next leg of our journey, so I need to rest.

おやすみ

Kung Fu Show

"Wow" Beijing, 2018
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“Wow” Beijing, 2018

こなばんは。How’s it going?

Well, it was a long, fun day today. To finish up, 6 of us from our tour group attended a Kung Fu show at the Red Theater. The martial arts were for the most part pretty good, especially the acrobatic moves and poses. I didn’t care too much for the feats of strength and breaking of “staffs” since it seemed like the wood wasn’t very strong to begin with. Also, the story got a little slow at parts, and combined with jetlag, we struggled to stay awake. I think all of us nodded off for bits here n there. 😴

But regardless of that, I’m glad we chose to see this optional excursion. And we even got a souvenir DVD to relive the experience. 😆

またね~

"Jump" Beijing, 2018
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“Jump” Beijing, 2018
"High Flyer" Beijing, 2018
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“High Flyer” Beijing, 2018