Day two of our adoption journey has arrived and we meet up with two other adoptive families. This time we were off to the Great Wall of China which was a little over an hour ride from Beijing. On our way there, the bus driver stopped at a jade state run factory. We were given a tour of their facility and a well done presentation of the different types of jade from China. Of course, it all ended with a sales clerk shadowing you in the showroom. Dion advised us that since it was state run, the product was real, but there was little bartering room. I did find a beautiful heirloom quality bracelet that I plan on passing down to little Dragon and we did manage to negotiate the price. Ms. A must have been paying attention. She had her eye on a little jade horse, being born the year of the horse. The price was 42 dollars and she offered 30 and they accepted. We adults, were so pleased for her!
Back in the minibus to the Great Wall we went. The temperatures were in the teens and there was a bitter wind. We were given an option. The easy path or the steep one with the view.
We took the steep one with the view. The steps were treacherous. They were icy, worn into groves, and at all different heights. We did reach a point in our climb that had a switchback path that you could use to come down.
We were so happy to see our van at the end of the trail. After a warm drive back to town we found ourselves at another authentic restaurant. Pork meatballs, lamb, dumplings, and other dishes were presented to us. This time we were given a tasting of “desserts”. One looked like pizza dough with onion bits and the other was fried dough balls with a white dipping sauce. All I can say is…I would be to my ideal weight if these were my only choices of dessert.
The next stop was the Olympic Park. Nothing much to say about this, other than it looks exactly like what we saw on T.V.
We needed some warming up, so Dion took us to a tea house to learn about different types of tea, the proper way to prepare and drink it, and sampling the six most common ones. By the end, I felt like I cured all my ailments and drank a vat of potpourri. We once again ended in a gift shop with a clerk following just inches behind.
The evening plan was to see a Kung Fu Show, but we had some time to kill. We walk through a typical Houtan looking down the different alley ways, checking out the different shops who sell things like donkey meat and stinky tofu.
The Kung Fu show was new to Dion and he had no idea about it. When the staged filled with actors in panda suits, I had a bad feeling. It turned out to be a kids show demonstrating the different types of Kung Fu through the story line of two traveling pandas.. Yeah, that’s an hour of my life I can never get back. At least Hubby got a nap in.
Dion wanted to take us out to dinner, but I pleaded exhaustion and he had mercy on us. He insisted on getting some food for us and brought us to a Western style bakery were we picked up some croissants. We were back at the hotel around seven and crashed for the night.
Tomorrow is the big day. We head for the airport around 8:30 and fly to Nanchang. Little Dragon will be brought to our room at 4 pm.