Beijing is a bustling, busy, metropolitan, historic city, so naturally we had plenty to do the week we were there! On Saturday the 27th after a breezy 22 hour train ride we arrived in Beijing in the late afternoon, found our hostel, got settled, then went out for some grub. Preston and I found an excellent little westernized place called The Bridge Café. We treated ourselves to a meal favorite that we have missed greatly... Paninis! We were not let down. They were so good, so warm, so cheesy and so delicious.
|This one goes to Smell! We've got to let a friend know we are staying fed (:|
>>The Forbidden City<<
|Entering the 'Forbidden City'. They let anyone in these days!|
|"Now, give us a kiss"|
|The detail on some of the buildings was unreal|
|we like to call this one, 'The Troll Queen, and Her Followers'|
|Preston touching a lucky gold bolt that only a couple other people in China have touched|
|Wall flower with a flowery wall|
|Spring in the forbidden city|
>>The Great Wall<<
|We took a bus two hours into the countryside to visit the wall. Fun fact: I fall asleep on every bus ride, ever|
|Presto and The Wall|
The bus back from the Great Wall randomly dropped us off in front of the water cube and birds nest at the Olympic Park – so naturally we spent the evening there, taking pictures and enjoying more recent manmade structures of China.
|The Birds Nest!|
>>The Summer Palace<<
|Paddle boating at the Summer Palace|
|Picnic on the water with Jenna dear|
|Family photos in the park|
>>The Buddhist Lama Temple<<
fun fact: the worlds biggest Buddha carved from one sandalwood tree lives here!