3.12.2011

More of the Culture

We had another full day today...I think they are trying to get us prepared for the energy we will will need to entertain a toddler 24-7 in the confines of our hotel!

We made a stop by the jade market on our way to the Great Wall of China.  It is tradition for Chinese women to receive jade several times in thier lives.  We picked out a round jade pendant for Lily that we will give her when she is older. 

The highlight of the day was our expereince at the Great Wall of China.  The wall spans over 5,000 miles and was built completely by hand over a period of 2,000 years... truly one of the seven wonders of the world. The steps vary in height which makes the trek up and down quite a challenge, especially if you are trying to take a video while walking!

On the way back to our hotel we stopped by to see the Bird's Nest and the Water Cube where the Olympics were held in 2008.  As you can see from the pictures, the air is filled with smog, not hard to believe with 15 million people living in Beijing.  I have been pleasently surprised that I haven't felt like a sardine while I was here...don't get me wrong...there are people everywhere but it doesn't invade your space like I thought it might.

Our last stop was an acrobatic show which was amazing to see how they can move their bodies into shapes thought humanly impossible.  I was so tired though, I actually fell asleep during part of it...the first of many more tired nights to come no doubt.  My sister says she has been sleep deprived since the day her first daughter was born...hummmm....guess my day is just around the corner!  

One day closer to seeing our daughter...we wait with anticipation for Monday at noon when we will meet her.  We fly out tomorrow afternoon to Zhengzhou- the capital of her province.    

Thank you all for your prayers and comments you have posted on our blog..it gives us a taste of home while we are away and we are so grateful for your love and support.  Wakedog...we miss your smiling face and can't wait to skype with you tomorrow!   


At the base of the Great Wall before the climb


a view from the top


a quick video before I almost lost my footing!


The "Bird's Nest" in Beijing


6 comments:

blacklabfam said...

Wow! Can't wait to see pics of Lily on Monday :) Get some sleep! Love you.

nrankin said...

Hey Amy,hope you're having a great time. I miss you a lot and can't wait to see you when we skype together.

Love,
Wakedog

Anonymous said...

What great pictures. The Great Wall is amazing. It is wonderful to see China through your eyes. Looking forward to seeing Lily SOON.

Love, Mom

Tiffany said...

Another exciting day! Thanks for the pics of the Great Wall, amazing!! You guys are 13 hours ahead of us correct? So for us, you will be meeting Lily on Sunday night? Trying to figure it out so that I can be praying for you.
Tiffany

Anonymous said...

Well Amy and Sherpa you all are doing a great job and we love being involved by watching the progress on your blog. What an exciting moment to see the answers to prayers unfold. Thank you for taking the time to share. Look forward to seeing it every day....can you keep it up at home too? Love Aunt Jean and Wally

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