Tag Archives: Beijing

CCTV and the Bird's Nest

I had seen pictures of the new CCTV Headquarters in Beijing before we traveled, and I was really hoping to get to see it in person. On the first day with our guide, William, I asked if we would be … Continue reading

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Leaving Beijing

Today we’ll depart Beijing and head to Guangzhou, Guangdong. Our travel partners will make their way to Guizhou (I think), so we’ll be on our own for the next 5 days in Guangzhou. I can’t say that we’re sad to … Continue reading

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Summer Palace

In the afternoon, we went to see Summer Palace. Summer Palace is a relatively small royal house situated at the edge of a lake in Beijing. Oddly enough, this was ridiculously cold in comparison to the Great Wall. The air … Continue reading

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The Great Wall

Our first destination while touring today was the Great Wall of China. In the first picture below, you can see our travel companions, the Butchers and the Fosters. After taking our picture, it should have raised a red flag when … Continue reading

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A Special Post for Dad

This is as close as I can get you to some amazing shopping because of price and size limits in our bags. My pictures don’t do your favorite collectibles the justice they deserve, and this is just a small sampling … Continue reading

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Tian'anmen Square, Forbidden City, Lunch, and the Silk Factory

We met our guide William and one of the other families in our travel group this morning to tour Tian’anmen Square and the Forbidden City. The minute we hopped out of the van at Tian’anmen Square, we were surrounded by … Continue reading

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Breakfast

This morning we went to a bakery near the hotel that we had seen while finding a convenience store yesterday. It’s a bit of a cross between a bakery and a donut shop. They had a variety of breads and … Continue reading

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A Lazy Day

Since it snowed in Beijing today, we became a lot less adventurous than we might have otherwise been. All we really did was eat at the breakfast buffet at the hotel (tài gùi le), walk around the hotel area, buy … Continue reading

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Internet Access Challenges: Technical for Others Traveling to China

Overall, the Internet access we have at the Marriott is very good. Skype has worked extremely well, and I’ve been able to do most system administration tasks I’ve needed. However, there is one little problem that can be overcome with … Continue reading

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Our Hotel Room

Shannon took a few pictures of our hotel room at the Marriott West Beijing before we made a mess of it.

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