The Lotus Eaters
Quote of the Day: “I’m a little overwhelmed.” – student utterance after having his picture taken with approximately 30 Chinese nationals.
Overwhelming indeed. Today was a day of touring overwhelmingly large and magnificent places of cultural, political and culinary significance.
First, the political which was more of the paparazzi. Students and teachers were quite the popular attraction and we all had fun meeting a lot of people at Tiananmen Square.
Next, it was into the Forbidden City, but first a quick shot of a few waiting outside of the gate.
Once inside the city there was a little more paparazzi…in China we’re kind of a big deal.
After the city, it was on to a lunch of hot and spicy noodles followed by the silk market – not for the faint of heart haggler. But, all came out with new pairs of shoes and smiles.
Turns out haggling can raise quite an appetite for Mongolian Hot Pot.
Here are our lotus eaters just before devouring the tasty root.
And for desert? – the unusual delectables found only at the night market. From sugar glazed fruit to silk worm on a stick, the night market finished off the night in surreal style.
Scorpions were the big hit of the night and there was always room for more it seemed.
It was a great last full day in Beijing. Tomorrow we head into the Hutongs before traveling to Chengdu and Xi’an in our respective groups in the afternoon.
A big thank you to our intrepid and always over serious tour guides! They’ve been a fantastic help from coordinating meals, guiding us through subways and everything in between.