Saturday, February 13, 2016

The Forbidden City

Monte and Alex are easing aching muscles in the pool, and I am resting in our room after clocking nearly 10 miles on foot exploring some of Beijing's cultural treasures today. We had a fantastic guide who had been recommended by a friend, and his experience with "off the beaten track" tourism made the day especially delightful. Although we occasionally braved the selfie-stick bearing hordes, we kept mostly to the fringes of the Forbidden City, enjoying the ancient architecture and our guide's historical anecdotes. We stopped part way through the day to share in a Chinese tea ceremony, and not only was it a refreshing break and cultural experience, it was a chance to warm up. Today's high was 36 F, and a "Siberian wind" (our guide's explanation) clipped along at about 15-20 mph. The Heavenly Palace was our afternoon excursion, and we wandered beneath lantern-decked trees and along icy moats. Afterwards, seated in a small shop without a word of English on the menu, we nibbled steaming dumplings dipped in vinegar. Thanks to our guide's patient instructions, our subway ride home was successful, and we are hoping that the photos below give a taste of our adventures.

 
 



5 comments:

Bob Ward said...

What a great trip you are having. Fun pics!

Auntie Erika said...

Brrr! But I would think the constant moving (10 miles WOW) would keep you warm...as well as the stops for tea and dumplings along the way :). I loved seeing three smiling faces on the blog this morning. Can't wait for it to be FOUR! :)

Anonymous said...

It sounds like you have been blessed from the flight to the land. These are great pictures. When will you get to see Milo? I am so excited. I am also so glad that Monte got to go. Kids together seem to figure out things. I don't know if I am making any sense. I think I need to eat breakfast, but I love you guys so much and am so anxious to see pictures of our Milo and hear how things are going. Your blog is so nice. You capture us up to where we are almost there with you. Blessings to the four of you. Melody

allison teal said...

Oh dear friend!thanks for sharing!so beautiful...and frigid looking!looks like 3 adults in your pic!!!

Diane Friddle said...

So happy your getting to enjoy some of the city and culture. What an incredible trip for such a wonderful reason!