Goodness, Gracious, Great Wall of China!
The second full day in Beijing began with an early start and a two and a half hour bus ride north to hike the Great Wall. It’s good to know that another class of Gould frosh can check that “biggie” off their bucket list! The pictures will tell it all. We spent about four hours enjoying the spectacular views– all were in awe of the monumental engineering project that covers 1800 miles and was built over 1500 years.
Our fifty-one passenger bus (all seats filled!) battled the Beijing traffic and dropped us at Wangfujing Street where we hit the fifth floor of the mall for a great Hot Pot meal. This pedestrian street is filled with high-end stores so we opted to wait for the Pearl market on Wednesday to do our heavy shopping.
A walk through the Night Market with a collection of interesting foods was appreciated after the “hot” meal. The Gouldies had their share of fried scorpions, other crispy things on sticks, and my favorite, fried ice cream. It was a wonderful opportunity to sample some real culinary treats.
Tomorrow we start our day’s adventure just down the street with Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. It’s time to see if there really are 9,999 rooms!
We have many pictures from today, which we will post as soon as possible. The internet at night (morning in the USA) is far slower, thus the delay.