Beijing the Great! - Beijing, China
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Everything in Beijing was Great! Even our room!! It was larger than the size of our apartment in Los Angeles. The girls each had their own rooms and bathrooms… it was nice for each of us to stretch out and have our own space and be able to close and lock our own door!! The hotel was walking distance to a Wal-Mart. Not quite the same Wal-Mart though—this one sold live frogs and turtles for cooking…. I had to seriously fight the urge to buy and release them. Despite a few culture shocks… It was about this time on our trip that I really started to realize just how lucky we were… Everywhere we visited—people spoke English!! It was incredible. It made our travels so convenient. I actually was starting to feel a bit guilty. I had no idea how prevalent English was throughout the world—but I was becoming more and more aware and more and more thankful everyday!
We couldn’t wait to visit the Great Wall of China—it was #1 on my “Bucket list”—and it did not disappoint!! We took a chairlift to the top, choosing to avoid the exhausting hike in the heat. As we ascended overlooking the treetops we caught glimpses of the wall snaking its way over miles and miles of land. You could feel the magnificence and power of the great history as it took its bold stand in the middle of this jungle. There was no mistaking you could feel the importance of it all. As we arrived to the top– I stood looking back over the rolling hills, it was as if it were smiling at us; holding onto some great secret. We spent hours enjoying every block, every step, and every porthole… lost in deep contemplation as to what great stories could be told. To others this might have been just another visit to a historical monument—for me it was so much more. I felt like a different person after seeing The Great Wall of China—a “greater” person for having shared in this mystical, magical secret.
After we shot a fun music video–probably one of the only music videos ever shot on the Great Wall… we took a toboggan ride down!! It was definitely a “great” way to end our day!!
As we visited the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square it was as though we were walking around with two little celebrities. Everywhere we went people stopped and asked to get their picture taken with the girls. Here we were in a foreign land visiting one of their grandest most politically significant monuments, and they were more interested in taking pictures with the girls than anything else?? Everywhere we went they seemed to be infatuated with Western ideology. From their storefront windows to their cleaning products to their television shows… I pondered what overall effect this would have on our world—when one of the oldest, largest civilizations in the world begins to emulate one of the most modern, ostentatious countries in the world?? Hmmm…? Only time will tell…