Today we traveled to The Great Wall, via the obligatory factories (jade on the way there and cloisonne on the way back) and the obligatory factory museum lazy-Suzan restaurant lunch. It was a cooler day and thankfully overcast - perfect climbing weather. Unfortunately the side we climbed had better views of the "Great Parking Lot" than the countryside and Great Wall in one direction and it was very crowded at the beginning. As we got higher up things thinned out. We climbed/walked up for an hour, with Rob and Hannah and Harriet and I at the lead. We later found out that Joe proposed to Brooke on the Great Wall, what a great idea. For dinner Rob and Harriet and I had noodles at the restaurant next to the hotel in Beijing. I think we both prefer to order and eat our own dish, I had noodles in broth with vegetables and Rob had cold noodles with a sesame/hot sauce - it cost us $7, including sodas.
This summer I am traveling to China, touring Beijing, Xian and Shanghai. My most recent trip was to Southeast Asia in July 2008, where I traveled to Vietnam, Cambodia and Bangkok, Thailand.... full info