What a busy day! First of all, Amy and I slept like logs. We even woke up this morning thinking we had overslept because it was so bright...but it was only 6 am! Jet lag has been kind to us this round!
We started this morning with a breakfast buffet like no other...seriously, like no other. Apparently noodles and baked beans are breakfast food! I had a little egg and a piece of toast...just couldn't bring myself to eat baked beans.
Then, we drove to see Tian'anmen Square and the Forbidden City. I was amazed at the size of the Forbidden City...it has 9,999 rooms...everything was in 9's or multiples of nines. We had walked for what seemed like forever...and were still just in the outer court.
For lunch, we had family style Chinese food. We tried several dishes. I also had some jasmine tea - the tea pot was full of flowers and the tea was quite tasty.
After the siteseeing, we went to the Pearl Market. OH MY GOODNES! Amy and I could have gotten into some serious trouble, but sadly we only had 1 hour. My friend Kelly who just returned from China told us about the best place to get pearls so we made a B-Line to Lisa's pearls. We bought lots of goodies. I got a set for Emma for her wedding day. We got so many that they couldn't finish them all before we left, so Lisa delivered them to our hotel this evening. She was so sweet! Amy and I said we were her BFF's!
We ended the day with the most amazing acrobatic show. At one point there were 12 girls on 1 bycicle! I am sad that pictures were not allowed...I am not so sure that I could have picked my jaw up off the floor to take a picture.
For supper...get ready for this...Pizza Hut. I had cheese pizza. The pizza was much like ours, but the menu was much more varied.
The internet is terribly slow, so I am not going to post pictures tonight...way too tired.
Tomorrow, we are off to Living Hope's Training Center and the Great Wall. Tomorrow night...Peking Duck! yum?!