Friday, May 17, 2013
Today was an amazing day! We toured the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square. It was so interesting to listen to our guide about their beliefs in good luck and fortune. We learned alot about the life of the emperor and all of the concubines. I honestly do not know how they keep up with all of their tradition and things to do to bring good fortune to their family.
Next we went to a local restaurant for lunch. The food was delicious! It wasn't too different that the Chinese food we have at home. We let our guide order for us and I may have asked a few times-this is chicken, right? pork, right? I want to make sure I don't eat any pig hearts or anything (Jenn, Paige, and Diana)!
After lunch we took a rickshaw tour of Hutong village. It was my favorite part of the day. The government has put money into the village to improve the environment. They have washrooms in their houses now (as opposed to the public washroom that all residents used to use). There is a street called "bar street" and it is just as it sounds. During the tour we were allowed to visit the home of a well known artist. The family allows visitors as part of the family's salary. We were lucky that the artist was home during our visit and he demonstrated his art work for us. Alot of the colors he uses are made from mineral stone.
We wrapped up the day with a Chinese Acrobatic show. Again-amazing. Finally the jetlag hit and we were out by 8:00! Now it's 4am and you see I am not asleep!
I have so many photos but they are taking forever to upload so I'm only posting a few. Also, the photos are landing whereever they want within the blog post!
Posted by Jennifer Newberry at 1:27 PM