Packed & Ready to Go!!!
Waiting for our Plane
Inside Beijing Airport
Waiting in line to go through Immigration
Today we went to the Great Wall. It was absolutely breathtaking. It is work to climb that is for sure. I couldn't tell if it was the jet lag we had or if it was just tough. Some steps are a few inches and others are 12-18 inches. Afterwards, we had lunch at the Jade Garden with our group that is here with our agency and had a tour at the Jade Factory. We then went on a tour through Hutong Lane. We then were able to go visit a family and see a middle class home. Their home consisted of a sitting room, small kitchen, a bathroom and a bedroom for sleeping. The man is a Kung Fu teacher and his wife was a factory worker where she made toys. In Ch*na a woman retires at the age of 55 and the man at age 60. We then took a rickshaw ride through the streets of Hutong. It was very interesting to see the town. In Beijing, the population is about 19 million people. The streets have many cars and they do a lot of honking. There are about 4 million cars on the roads. It is pretty busy on the streets. Crossing the streets takes A LOT of thought. People do not have the right away the cars do. They will not stop for you at all. The government has tried to control the amount of cars on the roads by requiring that if a person wants to buy a car they have to apply for a license first. Each month is a lottery where only 20,000 names are pulled. I will post some pictures for you to enjoy from our day here. TWO more sleeps until our Gotcha Day!!!!
A Man Carving Jade
A woman polishing the Jade after it has been carved.
The Happiness Ball carved out of Jade. This picture shows the steps on how it was made starting from the right to the left. It is all one piece. It has 4 layers. It is amazing how they can do that from only one piece.
One of the Olympic Stadiums. The Cube stadium. Swimming & Diving events took place here.
The Nest Olympic Stadium
Us on the Rickshaw
The Olympic Medals from the Beijing Olympics 2008. The medals were made out of Jade.