After an authentic Chinese lunch from Burger King we returned to town for a quick nap, and then a solo family adventure searching for laundry soap. We managed to navigate two underground crossings, two malls, and a non-english supermarket, but we did it. I even managed a few bites of really real food from Mr. Lee’s (Guide approved) for dinner. Benjamin held out for a granola bar, but with my two futile chop sticks I pushed through. Kristi on the other hand mastered the chopsticks and ate quite well. Show off.
Ah sweet sleep. Normally I’d whine about a double bed to share with my beautiful bride but last night was an exception. After 20 hours of travel having a place to take my shoes (and socks) off and sleep was quite welcome. I chose my side of the bed (Actually it was chosen for me while I was in the powder room and came out to two sleeping humans - Ben had his own double) and fell asleep for the night. As tired as I felt sliding into the sheets it was bit fitful for all of us considering we went to bed at 8:00am local Michigander time. At any rate we were up to enjoy breakfast and make our way to the Great Wall.
We’ve been told that the sunny high 60’s weather is quite rare in Beijing, but it made for an incredibly beautiful day to explore a piece of history. My details are sketchy, but with the sea on one side of Beijing the Emperor felt it necessary to build a wall on the other three sides of the city to keep him safe, hence the Great Wall. Even though we were on restored pieces ofthe wall it was clear how much disdain there was for the Mongolians, right down to the channels for rain run off dumping the water only on the Chinese side of the wall. Portions of the wall were noticeably tilted towards China and away from Mongolia. We walked long enough to see multiple watch towers, signal towers, and Ben even tried to find what he was looking for in a canon. I guess he and U2 have something in common.
We made our way back down from the wall via the slowest slide I’ve ever been on. If you can manage the 40 seconds, you’ll see why. LEAN FORWARD LADY!
Well that about wraps the day, here are a few more photos. Some exciting captions might include:
- Men's room at the great wall?
- Ben races a girl and ties.
- Two butts and a no smoking sign.
- Room with a view.
- Flash Benny's post BK workout.