We got to start out the trip with some sightseeing and relaxing (well, actually, a whole lot of walking) so that we could let ourselves adjust to the time, weather and travel fatigue! Which means, it is sure to be a fun day! The day began by meeting for a breakfast that looked more like dinner. We were served scrambled eggs, sausage, bacon (ham), vegetables, pastries, steamed buns, gruel, fruit, or wonton soup. Everyone walked away full and ready for a full day of walking. We began our trip at the infamous Tiananmen Square.
We were able to join up with the China Education group from Vanguard University led by Dr. Mike Wilson while we were at Tiananmen Square. That was great because we were able to hear some of the history of the location and so many interesting facts about the event of 1989. From there we walked to the Forbidden City, which got its name because only the Emperor and his royal family and court could spend the night there. The highest building was where the Emperor’s throne was. This is such an incredible place with years of interesting history. We wish we could know it all!
The following pictures were taken inside the Forbidden City.
It is fairly unusual to have such a beautiful sunny day in a city of over 18 million people. The air quality was one of the better days. Some of the students wanted to experience what the locals feel and so they wore face masks (which wouldn’t filter any pollutants but it feels like it is doing something). We had our first large Chinese lunch where the food just kept coming.
Later we were treated to the “Theatre” with the Chinese Acrobats where a definite highlight was the 8 motorcyclists who rode together in a sphere, nearly hitting each other the whole time! They really did have “Bicycle Skill.”
Thanks for your prayers and we’ll keep you posted as we prepare for our first concert!
- VSB China Team
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