(As always, translation is below)





We first started our day with a very delicious breakfast. We took the bus to go to the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall [which is typically less touristy than the other Badaling section of the Wall]. Everyone had a lot of energy, so climbing the Wall was very easy! We took a lot of pictures at the top. We then took a toboggan [luge-type] to go down. It was very fast! We then had some time to buy some things. Bargaining here is very important! Some people bought hats, and some people bought fridge magnets. We had lunch at a restaurant specializing in Beijing countryside cuisine. Everyone thought the Chinese food we’ve had is very delicious, and is better than American Chinese food!

We then went to 798, which is a contemporary art zone. Some people bought postcards here. Then, we went to see an acrobatics show. It was very interesting! After the show we went to eat dinner. Tonight’s dinner was Peking duck, which is my favorite food in China! The guide taught us how to fold the duck pancake.

Tomorrow we are going to the Forbidden City, the Temple of Heaven, and a traditional Hutong [alleys with traditional courtyard residences]. Tomorrow will also have delicious food. The fun never stops in Beijing!

Look below for pictures.




The CCTV building




Patti Renton · March 17, 2014 at 10:14 pm

Ben, Great posting! I can’t believe you wrote all that in Chinese! Very impressive! Can you email Ms Wen and invite her to view your blog? I think she would really enjoy it. Peking duck looks amazing! I’m so jealous, but we’ll have some at Man Wah soon enough. Great talking to you earlier. Sleep well and talk to you tomorrow. Don’t forget to email Gramps and tell him to give Grandma a big kiss for you. She’s coming home today! Love you heaps, Mom


Debra Schoenau · March 18, 2014 at 6:34 am

Wow Benjy . You are certainly getting your money’s worth on this trip! Whoever did the planning really did a wonderful job of making exciting as well as educational . They must love having you on board . Was the wall a tough walk? I don’t remember a tobaggon down – is that new ? Well , like mom , duck is your favorite . Enjoy

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