|A guy working on a "Family Ball." They are super cool!|
|The doorway to the Fourth Tower.|
|The two of us walking on the great wall|
|It wasn't too crowded today!|
|Inside the First Gate House|
|The wind was blowing pretty hard in the Towers. You were almost glad to be walking out in the wind, rather than standing in the Tower.|
We went to a restaurant for lunch that was probably the BEST Chinese food that we had had on any of these tours in China so far. We also had to go through a tourist trap that was the Cloisonne enamelware that originated in Beijing. It was beautiful also.
The Summer Palace was next on the tour list for today. It would have been extremely beautiful during the summer, but it was just as impressive touring it during the fall. We wished that we would have had time and the warmth for a boat ride on the lake connected to the palace.
|Buildings that are now turned into shops were once used for various purposes in the Summer Palace.|
|Boats on the lake you could rent, if you were brave enough to face the cold wind today.|
|The stone boat, made of marble. The windows were stained glass and the inside was brightly painted. It never went out on the lake except to be moored here.|
|One of the buildings for the servants.|
|The Marco Polo Bridge from across the way.|
|One of the scenes painted in the walkway.|
|Inside of the walkway was very colorfully painted ceilings.|
|One of the palaces.|
|The walkway that she would walk on every day.|
|The was the bedroom of the "Dragon Lady Empress." She would always have to have a servant taste her food to make sure it wasn't poisoned because she had made so many enemies,|
|The Golden Archway was used to hand a lantern because the Empress didn't like the dark.|
We hurried from there to the Bird's Nest Olympic site, but with the Beijing traffic, we were crawling along and we had a whole twenty minutes to go see it. That turned out to be okay because it was so cold from the North wind, that we walked as fast as we could to get a quick picture and then walked back just as fast to walk back to get on the bus and start to warm up.
|Almost a Full Moon in Beijing.|
|The Birds Nest Olympic Stadium.|
From there it was to dinner so we could experience the famous Peking Duck. That was fun, but I don't know that it topped the lunch today.