Normal weekend activities

3 Nov

Normally, we try to do one sight seeing type activity each weekend. We are running out of weekend…
This past weekend we went to lingxia gorge with a group of friends. They are with the embassy and rented a bus and driver for the day. So, there were 16 of us total, 9 were kids, Wyatt being the oldest. We left our house around 8:30 in the hopes of avoiding traffic, which for the most part we did. We didn’t, however, avoid the pollution, the valleys were covered in a haze when we arrived, and I then wished I would have packed our masks. The sky above was blue, so I just hoped maybe the aqi wasn’t as high measurement from downtown were recording.

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Everyone got situated and we were off to explore. There was a boat ride through the gorge, the longest escalator, and some temples to be found. We headed into the little town, and stopped to use the public toilets. This proved to be too long of a stop, paparazzi swarming.

Next off to the longest escalator, which was turned into a dragon on the hillside. Here is a view from the inside.

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Not too exciting;) for some reason they didn’t put any windows, just pictures of what you might see while visiting the geological park. I would have preferred a view, but not very surprised, like most things in China logic is out the window.

Next we went on a boat ride through the gorge.  It was very beautiful, but very chilly. Wyatt rented a big green jacket to use as a blanket for ten yuan. We stopped at moon bay temple to have a look and be tempted by the usual souvenirs.

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These are just pictures from our phones. I promise to update with better ones from Roberts camera, just have to find an easy way….

Boat back to the town, then a late lunch before heading back home. We seemed to be the only people eating, I was a little worried, but no one was sick the next day so…
The food was actually quite good, all chinese character menus. Robert did a wonderful job ordering for the whole group with Google translate and our limited speaking ability. One of the families knows Chinese, but seemed too overwhelmed to figure out what to order for the whole group and weren’t really any help.  Robert was, to put it mildly, a little confused and frustrated by this, but what can you do. All in all it was a successful meal.
  A quick play in the town square then two hours to home. Most of the kids were tired out and slept the whole way home, which was a relief;)

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Sunday we had our driver and set out to the dirt market for some holiday shopping. Didn’t get too much accomplished, but do have some ideas now. I’m sure Wyatt and Seth won’t mind returning. They could look through all these treasures for hours. Here’s Ada inspecting someones set up.

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For lunch we asked Tarik to recommend somewhere. He took is to Temple Restaurant Beijing. They are one of the top 100 restaurants, yummy!  They had a 8 course brunch style selection. Wyatt and Seth split 8 courses, and Robert and I splurged. We figured, why not, how many times would we be eating here again. It was delicious, Robert took pictures of every dish;).

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The restaurant is inside a 600 year old temple. There are other temples surrounding the restaurant, which have been made into a hotel.  It was very tranquil hidden inside the busy city.

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This has become a pretty typical weekend for us. We did miss baseball and field hockey this weekend to have time to visit the gorge. There is so much to see that weekends are family time to enjoy Beijing while we are here.

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