This day in Beijing was my absolute favorite!
The agenda for the day was Tiananmen Square, Old Beijing, and the Forbidden City.
The day began with a stop at Tiananmen Square. While we were in Beijing there was an important meeting happening with around thirty leaders from different countries. We waited in line for a bit but the leaders were touring the area and they had no idea what time (or even if) they would open for the day. So we took a picture from across the street and headed to our next stop.
We then ventured over to Old Bejing. This was a small square near the main road.
Love love love this girl!
Another work out park…the kids loved these!
We took these rickshaws (a small bike with a covered area for the passengers) through the streets of Old Bejing.
This is what I learned…the newer residential areas of Beijing are all big, tall apartment buildings. Pretty much every building we saw outside of Old Beijing was in fact-just that…tall buildings. The majority of people live in apartments. But this area has houses and we got to drive through the streets and even take a peek inside.
When you travel don’t you wonder what their houses look like on the inside? I’m always wondering that! So this little adventure was extra fun for me.
So much fun!
Our guide, Grace, was AMAZING! She cared enough to learn all the kiddos’ names…and we had seven kids with us so that was huge. She was so helpful. Our favorite guide of the entire trip! Here she is pointing out how this doorways lead to small courtyards and then off the courtyard will be doors for five to seven homes.
One of the streets in the area…the homes do not have bathrooms so there are public restrooms every block or couple blocks and everyone living in these houses uses those restrooms.
Our group getting a little lesson. The company our guide is with either has a house or knows a family who owns a home. Either way…we got to go inside to check one out.
We were checking out the courtyard area and THIS GUY showed up! Mr. Liu is a Cricket Fighter.
He knew very little English but was super expressive so we could understand everything he was saying. He’s been in lots of magazines and featured on television here in America.
He brought a few crickets in this little jar.
He had a little wedding box where he put crickets when they got married. He even had little tombs he placed crickets in when they died.
And then Mr. Liu pulled out some grasshoppers!
He had trained them so they never jumped. How do you train a grasshopper is what I’d like to know? Right?
His grasshoppers were HUGE!
Mr. Liu was an unexpected surprise, but he was a big hit with all of us.
China had lots of these small cars that reminded us of Judy Hopp’s car in Zootopia.
See the resemblance?
These two were the same age and just hit it off like old friends.
And these two girls were so sweet to Ebby Lee. Right after these pictures we went to have a real authentic lunch at a local restaurant.
After lunch we stopped to grab a picture in front of the Olympic area. The building behind me to my left was used for all kinds of events.
And then a visit to the Forbidden City.
As we were walking around a group of students stopped us. They were working on their English and wanted to read some papers for us.
That little guy talking had no accent. If I didn’t know, I’d have guessed he was from America. The school kids loved it and we did too.
Two Mama Bears ready to get their baby girls. It’s crazy how life events can bring you close to people you’d never met prior. This sweet mama and I instantly bonded. She was absolutely precious.
A family of five pic
It was getting HOT outside. We were no match against the ice cream guy. Ice cream for EVERYONE!
And again this little guy hung in their with the big kids. 🙂
The little boys were over the walking and sightseeing, but Tab still wanted to try to see Tiananmen Square. Our guide walked he and Ebby Lee over to get some better views while the boys and I chilled out in the hotel room.
Ebby Lee is always down for an adventure. They rode the subway and she had a blast getting a little one on one time.
The next morning we were up EARLY! We had to be all packed because later this afternoon we flew to Kunming (where Britt was)! The plan was to visit The Great Wall and then go straight to the airport.
Again, I was super impressed with the flowers!
We took a gondola up to the Great Wall.
The scenery was gorgeous.
We made it!
I was a little surprised by all the big steps, little steps, tall steps, deep steps….they were all a little different. It wasn’t super easy in my opinion to walk around up there without falling. #ormaybeitwasjustme #tabmightagreewiththat
I’m afraid of heights…not in a roller coaster sense but in a if-i-lean-over-too-much-I’m-gonna-fall-off-the-side which is exactly what this was! haha!
What an adventure! Granted I haven’t traveled with many others, but this guy right here loves to immerse himself in other cultures. By the end of this trip, he was speaking a little Chinese. (Remember the Mexico vacation? By the end of the trip, he had our kids ordering meals in Spanish?)
There was a big group of women who took pictures here and they all posed like this….we thought we’d try too.
This little building/fort was built inside the wall and you walked up these really steep steps. Our kiddos loved it!
Three cuties rode in the gondola across from me. 🙂
Then Grace helped us get all our tickets before our flight to Kunming. I’m so glad she stayed with us because all the Slaughter tickets were wrong. Grace got it all straightened out. She hugged each and every one of us. I’ll never forget she got down on Bowen’s level after hugging him and said, “You are such a good boy, Bowen”. My mama heart just about burst hearing her speak good, kind words into his little life. Grace will always have a special place in our hearts. (And as I’m typing that I’m crying…MAMA HORMONES!!!! HAHA!)
Then we boarded the flight…all twelve of us headed straight to Kunming! It was a pretty quick three hour flight. We landed, met our new guide, and went straight to the hotel. The next day WE MET BRITT!
Can’t wait to tell you all about it!
Don’t forget bloggers-Wednesday is our Workin’ It post for the month…we’re sharing how we work at keeping our kiddos busy all summer long. Please join us!
Thanks so much for reading today!