Until next time Great Wall!
Our next stop was the Jade Factory. We learned about jade, shopped of course, then ate lunch. The more cuts in the jade, the more expensive it is. (You're welcome.) We picked up a few items for Lia Grace for her future "forever family" days as well as a gift for our older daughter and my mom. Lia Grace was born in the year of the dragon so one of the gifts we bought was a little jade dragon.
Our yummy lunch.
Anyone that knows me knows that I hate seafood so when this put down in front of me I *almost* threw a fit. (winks) You can see how much food was brought out and meals are almost always served family style in Chin@.
After we left the Jade Factory we drove through Olympic Village. This was the site of the 2008 Summer Olympics.
We saw some of the most fascinating architecture~
In the evening we went to the acrobatics show (similar to Cirque du Soleil here). It was pretty intense at the end. 8 men drove their motorcycles simultaneously in a large glass ball! Our hearts skipped many beats throughout that portion! But, it was a great show and we all enjoyed it.
Here are a few pics of the street scene in and around Beij!ng.
What a HUGE city Beij!ng is. It is a mix of old and new. There are areas that feel very "Western" yet there are other areas that are very, very old, like the Hutong. We enjoyed our 2 days of touring and feel like we were able to see and do ALOT!
Next stop....HENAN!!!!! Wooooooohoooo!