Day 1 Beijing (Friday)

by Ted

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.

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About tochinaandbackagain

I am a stay at home mom to two very active boys and soon we will bring home two Chinese twin girls with cleft lip and palate issues. I spend my day trying to be the best parent and wife I can be with God leading the way.
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6 Responses to Day 1 Beijing (Friday)

  1. Jessica says:

    Glad you made it safe! Beautiful pictures! We have been thinking of you and praying for you! Monday is almost here!

  2. Doris says:

    Yes indeed, stay well, get your sleep, enjoy the last 2 quiet days.

  3. Callie says:

    Glad you two are enjoying some alone time sightseeing before getting the girls. I hope Michele feels better and will continue to say prayers for you as Monday nears and you get to see the girls! We are so excited for you.

  4. Bharat says:

    Beautiful photos. Good luck & have a safe trip. How long are you staying in China?

    • Hi Bharat,

      Michele and I are here for about 2 and a half weeks. We are planning to stay for just a couple of days and then we will head to Nanning to pick up our girls. After a week in Nanning (near Vietnam) we all fly to Guangzhou (near Hong Kong) to the US Embassy to process their Visa paperwork. Assuming all goes well we will land back in the good ‘ol USA on July 19th.

      -Ted

  5. Rhonda Johnson says:

    Praying you will get some rest before he big “Glad I Gotcha” day. Enjoy learning more about your girls birthcountry so you can share stories with them as they grow.

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