Michele and I don’t get to meet our girls until Monday and we can’t wait. However, we decided to book our plane tickets a couple of days early so that we could do some touring and sightseeing.
Our first day in Beijing was mostly good. We had planned to meet up with some friends and visit the Summer Palace. This morning we decided to use the subway to get across town because traffic is so bad here. The night before, we learned that Beijing has about 20 million people – however, I’m now convinced that nearly all of them use the subway. The subway is super cheap – only 2 yuan (about 33 cents) and you can go as far as you want. The trains come through about every 2 minutes. However at 8 in the morning every train is packed. After Michele and I wormed our way onto the first train, I had to remove my backpack so that I could turn around.
On our way to the Summer Palace we found the WalMart and the got a first taste of Beijing street life. There may be a lot of people on the subway, but there are an equal number of cars on the road and bikes everywhere.
The Summer Palace was beautiful. IT is lush, green and a very large area scattered with little buildings and ornate bridges.
We spent part of the afternoon at the Forbidden City. From what we could tell this was an area that used to be used for worship. The building had the traditional Chinese architecture which I also have to marvel at. There were many children getting art lessons at the Forbidden City. They were scattered about and were all busy sketching the amazing buildings.
We spent the last few minutes of the evening across the street from the Forbidden City at Tienanmen Square. Just like the other places we visited, this was a tourist trap. However, everyone was about taking pictures here for whatever reason. I think many of the Chinese come here to vacation and some of them were very excited to actually see a white American. Throughout the evening, Michele and I were asked to take pictures with random strangers at least a dozen different times.
We are still battling our jet lag some – Michele more than me only because she didn’t sleep due to nervousness a whole week before we left. But overall, it was a lot of fun to see everything. We head off to the Great Wall tomorrow and then Sunday we fly down to Nanning where our girls live!!
Please continue to pray that Michele and I stay healthy so that we will be in top shape when we meet our girls.