A gentleman I had spoken to by phone previously, friend to our orphanage director, greeted us as we checked in. After dumping the bags and freshening up, we met our new friend in the lobby. A 1.25 mile walk ensued to our place for dinner reservations. It was the first windy day in Beijing for this season, so it was a brisk walk.
Next came a three hour meal of roast duck and other items - fish soup, a plate of duck bones, ie the leftover after the meat had been cut off for all practical purposes, eggplant, fried rice, pancakes (paper thin to put duck portions, onion and cucumber shreds and sauce in), diced potatoes, fried tofu, and other things I either can't remember or identify.
Jiejun, Leon, Tian
The next day began our whirlwind tour of Beijing starting with Tiananmen Square. This is one of the two buildings on the south side of the square, the largest open square in the world.
Monument to those lost in 10 major battles in Chinese history
Jiejun and Tian
National Assembly building outside square in the background
Flag to left, largest Chinese flag in the world
Tiny portion of those waiting to pay respects to Mao's body
Untold thousands waiting in lines that stretched
around the building supposedly a 40 minute wait
Jiejun and Michael, our guide
Our travel group that day
TN (2), IL, VA, KS and CA represented
Scenes inside first entrance
Inside next courtyard
One of the thrones in the Forbidden City
Next photos by Jiejun
leaning around edge of door to take
Single piece of jade
surrounded by animals in square
protection for the only female emperor of China
View of something
glass reflection makes picture taking hard
One large piece of quartz
Goldfish in shade of bridge
Building on top of hill created by waste material
from building of Forbidden City
Northern entrance Forbidden City
Street scenes near Forbidden City
Next, we started a one hour drive for lunch to be followed by a visit to the Great Wall.