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On the last day in Beijing we took a half an hour bus ride to the Beijing Zoo where we were given the special priviledge of seeing a panda up closer than other visitors. The panda then began performing tricks for us while being fed by zoo keepers. The pandas were adorable and seemed to have their own personalities. Afterwards, we walked around the panda exhibit viewing more of the nine pandas at the enclosure.
Again we were continually stopped by those who wanted to take pictures with us. One of the greatest experiences I have had has been saying Ni Hao to the young children who wave and smile at you. For them, it may be one of the rare times they encounter an American and it always brings a smile and a laugh to the delegates, and myself, when a small Chinese child eagerly waves to us and yells “Halo!”. Pictures of thid adventure are to come!
Our group decided to walk a little more than others in order to get the perfect group photo. (From left to right) Bottom Row: Mike, Wyeth Top Row: Patrick, Meg, Ato, John, Austin, Justin.
Our third event of the day was visiting a kung fu school where we watched a performance by the students and learned a kung fu routine.
Yesterday as a special reward for the great compliments we received we also visited the Beijing Olympics site and saw the Water Cube and the Bird’s Nest. Today we will visit the Beijing Zoo panda enclosure, possibly the Summer Palace and then take an overnight trian to Xi’an.
Our our second stop of the day we visited the Great Wall of China. There we climbed the Binaling section of the wall. This section of the wall, which in total spans more than 3,000 miles over China, is pictured here. Truly a wonder of the world the wall was built during several dynasties and is truly fascinating. I was astonished at the length of the structure as well as the work, sacrifice, and deaths it must have taken to create this amazing piece of architecture. The wall is quite steep, so much so it feels as though you are trying to walk up a vertical wall. The walk was intense, however a few brave delegates ran while I practically crawled. The sight at the top and along the way was well worth the effort and is something I am truly grateful to experience.