A heavenly last day in Beijing

March 19, 2014

This morning we headed out to explore the sites of Beijing. First, we went through the Forbidden City, which now houses the Palace Museum. This impressive palace of 980 buildings was originally the home to emperors and their households in the Ming and Qing dynasties, a timespan of almost 500 years. It was a wonder to walk around buildings that were originally built in 1406 – 1420.

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We wrapped up our time in the Forbidden City with some journaling before lunch:

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From there, we went to a noodle lunch. This time we had choices of beef, eggplant, sesame, or pork – all were delicious!

Noodle lunch on Wednesday

Temple of Heaven was our first stop in the early afternoon. The Temple of Heaven was also built by the emperor who built the Forbidden City. It was originally built for the annual ceremonies to pray for a good harvest for the upcoming year.

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Joe in the center of the round altar:

Joe at the Altar of Heaven

A Gould banner photo of this year’s group:

Group at Temple of Heaven

Then, a bit more journaling before heading on to our next destination:

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We tried to improve upon our newly developed bargaining skills with a shopping trip to the Pearl Market, which was just around the corner from the Temple of Heaven. Many were happy with their purchases and their increasing skills in this kind of negotiation. Now, we just need to find room for our new possessions in our suitcases!

Boys Bartering

Lastly, we enjoyed a Beijing Duck dinner, a traditional local favorite.

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A special treat was that Gould 2009 graduate Kevin Dawson joined us for the meal. He now lives and works in Beijing.

Group after last dinner

Students are excited for the next phase of the Point: staying with host families in the various cities. Tonight we returned early to the hostel to pack. We’ve certainly enjoyed our time in this wonderful city!

 

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