The Story of a Beijing Sunday
Quote of the Day: “Whenever I walk into a sacred space I have to pee.” – A young man in search of a bathroom.
We had yet another busy, busy day here in Beijing. After breakfast we headed cross town on public buses to Panjiayuan Market, also known as the Dirt Market or the Ghost Market. Panjiayuan is a curio and antique market where you can buy anything, tchotchkes galore. From Panjiayuan we headed to dinner and on to the Temple of Heaven. From there we hopped the subway and headed back to the Hotel for a dumpling feast in honor of Bouji’s birthday! After a bit of time exploring the area around the Hotel, bed time came quickly for everybody.
The bus ride this morning… we could have fit a few more on the bus if we wanted to.
Mr. Baker gives some girls instruction on the finer points of bargaining.
Brooks and Seung Su walk through Panjiayuan Market with our 12th grade guides, Junmei and Jane.
Friends hanging out after time spent shopping.
The whole crew at the entrance to Panjiayuan Market after a successful morning of shopping.
The Temple of Heaven is on of the more tourist-y places we will go to. It was over run with various tour groups from around China and around the world. Our students were asked to be in aa number of pictures with different groups and will soon be in photo albums around the world.
Lindsey K. et al. with a group of Thai Tourists in the Temple of Heaven.
Parks are one of the major hang out places for city dwellers in China. Many elderly people spend their whole day playing and visiting with friends in the park. Here Clayton is playing Taiji Ball with an older denizen of Beijing in the park surround the Temple of Heaven.
The group at the main building the Temple of Heaven complex. Cool fact: There is not a single nail in that entire building!
Tomorrow we have one more busy day in Beijing!