Early to Rise
|I'm not sure how I felt about these fire exit masks.|
Would they really work in case of fire?
of time to pack, do my hair, and get downstairs for my last breakfast at the Trader's Hotel. Later today we'll leave for Shanghai and I'm glad of the change.
Meanwhile, I'm starting to get to know some of the others in the group. Adrianna is a chef and her boyfriend Daniel, a doctor, make a cute couple and get along well. Then there is Sean and his friend from Puerto Rico, Christian. They seem a strange pair of friends, but then some people might think that of Rebecca and I due to our twenty year age difference.
What gets me is how much Jim (our guide) talks. Rarely is there a quiet moment on the bus and I think that's starting to get to me. I'm happy with quiet time once and awhile.
Temple of Heaven
|The Temple in the distance|
FYI: You'll see wires on the tops of the buildings at all of the historic sites because most of the buildings, especially the roofs, are made of wood. The wires are meant to conduct lightning strikes and save these ancient buildings from fire.
The locals have a good gimmick to sell items.
|Christian playing with the Jianzi|
Next, it was time for the pearl shop. This time I was completely disinterested. I'm not a fan of pearls. My friends really liked it though, so if you like pearls, it's a good stop.
They did show everyone how they find pearls and there were many beautiful settings.
|Christian, Patrizio, Sean, and dude (because I|
can't remember his name) hanging out
I'm starting to feel like this trip is very commercial, but for a tourist, it's a good trip to get all the things you might want to take home with you.
Olympic Bird's Nest
|Adorable Chinese girl for a photo op|
|One of the things to see around the|
Additional days in China will be added soon!
You can check out:
Day 3 in Beijing, China
Day 2 in Beijing, China
Day 1 in Beijing, China
If you'd like to see more of my travel posts, check out the trip to Costa Rica:
Day 1 in San Jose, Costa Rica
Hello. I’m Sonja Dewing. I am a Writing Professional: Technical, business, and instructional writing, as well as a freelance writer for magazines and newspapers.
I'm a dedicated fitness fiend, outdoor enthusiast, and adventure seeker. I'm also a fiction author and I blog about my travel, backpacking, and other adventures.