Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Beijing Day 1
We arrived safely in Beijing & have been out seeing the sites. We are having issues with posting to our blog so hopefully we will be able to find an internet café where we will be able to upload information. Today we ventured on the Beijing Subway to see the Forbidden City. Seeing the city was fun but I think getting around & seeing the day to day life in the city is even more fun. We had a laugh at a sign on the metro that showed a bloody finger as a warning sign not to get too close the door as it closes. I have taken a picture of this. We have also been hit up by ‘art students’ who are looking to hawk their art & their professors’ art. It seems legit, but after being hit up 3 times & looking at 2 ‘galleries’ we decided that it seemed a little too good to be true. The last one we went to we really got the high pressure sales pitch along with an offer to write our names in Chinese calligraphy.
The rest of our group is arriving tonight so hopefully we can all meet up tomorrow for dinner. We are planning to do a Hutong Tour tomorrow & visit the Great Wall on Friday. Only 4 more nights until we get to Maddy. It seems so unreal that we are so close!