A heavenly last day in Beijing
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.
We wrapped up our time in the Forbidden City with some journaling before lunch:
From there, we went to a noodle lunch. This time we had choices of beef, eggplant, sesame, or pork – all were delicious!
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.
Joe in the center of the round altar:
A Gould banner photo of this year’s group:
Then, a bit more journaling before heading on to our next destination:
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!
Lastly, we enjoyed a Beijing Duck dinner, a traditional local favorite.
A special treat was that Gould 2009 graduate Kevin Dawson joined us for the meal. He now lives and works in Beijing.
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!