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Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift. That is why it is called the "present."

Saturday, March 18, 2006

Last day in Beijing

Today is the 18th of March, we started our morning with a western style breakfast at Grand View Garden Hotel. Jasmine our tour guide met us in the lobby at 0930. First stop was to Tian An Men Square, the history of the area, we all had an errie feeling. Miltary and local police in strong numbers through out the square. Poltical building were based all around the square. The square held up to 500,000 people. Next stop was to the Forbidden City. Emporer Palace/poltical residents beautifully built, building erected in the 15th century as series of building. Chinese believe in the number 9 being a whole/perfect number. It shows in the architect design. The Emporer in 1888 burned down most of building except the support pillars and main gables, rebuild completely in 1889. The interior garden was well design and extremely peaceful. The entire flooring consists of granite, sandstone and marble. It's hard to explian the fine detail in the Forbidden City- Truly amazing. The next stop was to lunch consisting of western style meal. Steve and I snuck into where the drivers and tour guides had their meal. Real Chinese food, guides try their best to make westerners comfortable. But I can't for the life of me figure out why not experience the true Chinese experience. The authenic food and the real culture and history of China. China has such a long and rich history. After lunch we went to pearl factory- another government run store (just like jade factory)- expensive. But we learned about pearls- quality,age and colors(depending on the minerals in the water-black iron,pink magnese,white calcium,etc). The pearls were fresh water variety and like trees you could tell the oysters age by the rings on the shell. The older the oysters, the more pearls produced-5 years old=20 pearls. Then back to the airport and customs; for our trip to Changsha a two hour flight. Airlines were very courteous, American airlines could have taken a lesson in service. Our new guide Jason met us at the airport. Jason seems to be professional and courteous, also prideful of his area he grew up in. We're staying in the Dolton Hotel a 5 star and extremely popular resort. After settling in appromately at 2000 hours, we were exhausted. Early night- slept the best during the whole trip finally got 8 hours of sleep, I been averaging 3-4 hours. We are finally getting NEAR POINT OF GETTING MIKALA- On the 20 of March , around 0900 hours anticapation is murder.  Posted by Picasa

4 comments:

Pastor George said...

We're excited at your progress & news.
May God continue to bless your trip mightily, and prepare hearts for Mikala's introduction to her family.
Pastor George & church friends

Anonymous said...

We stayed at the Dolton, it is wonderful Truly a gem in Changsha. We loved Changsha for its "real" feel which was missing when we got to Guanzhou. Enjoy Changsha I miss it everyday.

Our first play date was missing you, we cant wait till the next!

Jen Garofalo
Treasure Coast China Pearls

Nancy Korb said...

Your pictures are wonderful and Logan you look very happy. Are you having a good time?

I would be chewing my nails off by now. But it looks like you're having a wonderful time and you can take pictures to show Mikala as she gets older. You won't be going to China very often and she might be very curious.

I love you guys.

If you get time Susan, check out my website. http://www.auxilliarybusinesscentral.net. I wanted to ask you if you would be interested in getting your notary license in Florida and doing some secretarial work. I haven't seen Cindy, and I want to ask all the girls if they want to try and do this with me. So far I've only placed one ad and I've been doing pretty well as far as getting hits are concerned. No business so far though.

I took and passed my notary public licence for Pennsylvania and I'm also going to be doing tax preparation. I'm buying this really great program....don't have to have a degree...just fill in the blanks. I think it could be a really good business.

Anyway let me know..and let me know when you finally have Mikala and are on your way home. And thank you for not making me worry...I'm enjoying visiting China with you.

Nancy Korb said...

Oops...license is mispelled.

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