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Asia » China » Beijing November 26th 2011

Today we went to a large bookstore and bought some books. It was remarkable to see the volume of English/American lit available at this store. It is interesting to see how much the Steve Jobs book has been advertised in Beijing and that the advertising seemed to pay off at the cashier counter. (I'll offer no editorial on Steve Jobs on this blog.) There were books in English in all genres. We bought several books with classic Chinese stories in Chinese characters and pinyin for the girls. After walking around to see the sights, we walked to the Beijing Children's Theater where we saw a fantastic performance of The Monkey King. The production, props, staging, acrobats and especially acting were all excellent. Tomorrow, we are going to Vivian's home to celebrate Stephanie's birthday. Then it will ... read more

Asia » China » Beijing November 26th 2011

Yesterday was "Black Friday" in Beijing. China does not have the same madness as we do in the US and we actually enjoyed a liesurely day of shopping in a recently restored shopping area just south of Tiananmen Square. In the shopping area (somewhat like Arbor Lakes in Maple Grove) we watched a shoemaker at work, watched cooks create dumblings, ate lunch, and enjoyed a snack. Bing tong hou lu is a snack on a stick. It is a sweat fruit covered with a light carmel, or at least that is how I would describe it. The girls loved it and did a dance they learned at the Chinese Daycare Center and CDT. They wouldn't do the dance to make a video though = ( After lunch, Grace, Heather and I walked to Tienenmen Square for ... read more

Asia » China » Beijing November 24th 2011

Two days ago we visited a planitarium and went to a Chinese Acrobat performance. The acrobats were amazing and a sample of their work can be seen in the video clips attached to this entry.... read more

Asia » China » Beijing November 24th 2011

Araaaaaaaaargh! I just wrote a very clever and witty blog entry regarding traffic, taxis, Pandas, and our visit to the zoo only to find out that Travelblog did not save the entry even though I pressed the "save" button numerous times. Since I'm the type of writers whose best material comes from the first draft, the rest of the entry will likely now be much much less clever and witty. Sigh. I really did write some fun things about waiting in "line" in China (with a McDonald's reference), how traffic lanes appear to be a "suggestion" rather than a rule and then comparing every taxi ride to getting to riding The Wild Thing at Valley Fair. Maybe I'll save these topics for another evening and give them another draft. Anyway, on to the zoo - take ... read more

Asia » China » Beijing November 22nd 2011

After visiting the Summer Palace, we were honored to have the opportunity to share dinner with Heather's family, including her mother and father. Heather's niece Sara and her father, who had been our guide at the Summer Palace, also joined us. Thank you to Sara her father for all the great information and your help! We enjoyed a traditional Chinese dinner that included a LOT of delicious food, fun conversation and entertainment provided by the children. Between the time we spent with Heather when she was in Minnesota and the special moments we have shared with her while we have been in China, we feel as though we are all one big family. The restaurant is located at the edge of Beijing near the mountains. In the videos attached to this entry, you can view some ... read more

Asia » China » Beijing November 22nd 2011

During the summer, the Forbidden City was too warm for the Emperor and his family's liking, so a Summer Palace ( Gardens of Nurtured Harmony) was created as a cooler place for him to rule over China during the summer. (For more information, see the link below) We visited the Summer Palace and marveled at how large and peaceful the grounds are now and how wonderful of a area must have been during the Qing Dynasty. Though the weather was not quite "summer" we enjoyed strolling though the gardens. One of the highlights of the Summer Palace is the "Marble" Boat. The Emperor used funds that were to build a navy to instead build a wooden boat painted to look like marble on a stone platform. (For additional information about the marble boat and its destruction ... read more

Asia » China » Beijing November 21st 2011

As in America, many elementary students in China have extra curricular activities on Saturday. A very popular activity is going to English class on a Saturday. On Saturday, we all had an opportunity to visit a school and help teach English. Grace and her mom are natural teachers and did very well together as a team. Grandpa and Grandma were also excellent teachers while Ying and her dad caused chaos in the classroom while team teaching 6 year old students. Faith and her dad played a game with the students where we would call out an animal's English name and the children would pretend they were the animal after repeating the English name several times. After pig was called out, things got a little crazy and our ears are still ringing from the noise and excitement. ... read more

Asia » China » Beijing November 21st 2011

We are finding that it is very hard to blog everyday. We have been seeing so many places and doing so many things that sometimes when we get back to the hotel, all we're able to do is shower and go to bed. I apologize for not keeping a better record. One of our days in Beijing, we visited the Beijing Sport University. Grace had an opportunity to perform gymnastics with China's Rhythmic Olympic Team. Though Grace isn't a rhythmic gymnast, it was an honor to meet one of their top coaches and some of the girls on their Olympic team. Unfortunately, we have no pictures to share because our technical difficulties have expanded to the point where we have lost all of our photos up to yesterday, including the ones taken this day. After a ... read more

Asia » China » Beijing November 17th 2011

It is a rainy day in Beijing and we are a little tired from our flurry of touring. So we have decided to lay low today and catch up on homework and rest. We did walk through a department store nearby to fill some of our afternoon. With the help of our Chinese friends Heather and her husband, we negotiated a really good rate at a different hotel. We enjoyed the Novotel but found that The Beijing Broadcasting Tower Hotel is actually nicer, less expensive, and almost as centrally located as the Novotel. Grace and Faith have made these three videos to describe our day.... read more

Asia » China » Beijing » Olympic Park November 17th 2011

In August/September of this year, we hosted a Chinese University of Minnesota student named Vivi at our home while she waited for her campus housing to become available. Yesterday, we were honored to meet her father and her English tutor who is an English professor at the University of Beijing. We visited Baihai Park where we enjoyed a scenic view of Beijing from the top of the White Dagoba and a relaxing stroll around Qiónghuá (琼华) Island. We then braved the Beijing traffic in a taxi during rush hour to visit The Beijing National Stadium (aka "The Bird's Nest".) The Bird's Nest is an incredible structure and we were filled with awe when we remembered the Olympic history that was made there in 2008. The Nest is so massive that it could likely take an entire ... read more




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