North America, Asia · 8 Days · 34 Moments · March 2018

The Beijing Chapter

5 April 2018

Bye Bye Beijing... until we meet again

4 April 2018

Good food and shopping at Hongqiao Pearl Market
Traditional Imperial Dinner at Bai Jia Da Yuan We were entertained by singers, a tea ceremony, a masked performer, and dancers.
Visit to the Red Hat Office in Beijing (Raycom) Everyone was so hospitable, especially Sandy Wong. We were given a new yogurt snack and Chris even received a keychain while we were introduced to everyone. ❤️
The oldest remaining courtyard. This area holds four generations of a former Red Army soldier’s Family. They practice the ancient arts of paper cutting and calligraphy. Christopher’s name was printed in calligraphy by the same master who has done Serena Williams and Malia Obama’s names.

3 April 2018

Dumpling Making, Paper Cutting, Calligraphy Lesson and meal with a local family in the Daxiangfeng Hutong
Rickshaw Ride through the Hutong
Shopping the Hutong and enjoying street foods
The Drum and Bell Tower
A morning☀️ swim at the Four Seasons Spa Pool
Chris’ first time bargaining. He negotiated a panda 🐼 hat 120rmb to 60 rmb 😊
Summer Palace
Tai Shu Shi - Restaurant with Peking Duck, Black Pepper Beef, Peabut Chicken, Orange Shrimp, Watermelon Juice, 🍐Juice We ate lunch with our Forbidden City tour guide and driver. The driver played Rock Paper Scissors with Christopher.

2 April 2018

The Forbidden City
Tiananmen Square and the entrance to the Forbidden City
The Temple of Heaven with our lovely tour guide Helen
Brunch @ the Opus Lounge Four Seasons
Hi Art Gallery at the Four Seasons
At the Tea House Alice for a traditional tea ☕️ ceremony. Our favorite was the fruit tea aka baby tea. Our least favorite.. the puer tea. 🤢 🐶
We’d wanted to descend the Great Wall on the toboggan slide. But unfortunate it was out of order. Instead we took a peaceful cable ride back down, allowing us to capture more of the beauty of this place.
More beautiful views of the Mutianyu Great Wall from the 14th Watchtower
The Mutianyu Great Wall

1 April 2018

Our tour guide, Rocky, took us on a tour of the Ming Tombs. He let Christopher lead the group and we eventually walked down 9 flights of stairs to see the final resting places of the Emperor (and Empresses) Notable Fact: Each stone of the castle was inscribed with the creator’s name and address. If the stone failed, cracked, or broken they would track the family down and exact “justice” for the shoddy work.
The Jade Factory - We learned how to discern real from the fakes. We also learned the steps used to mine, refine and sculpt jade. The chi balls were astounding, I can’t believe they’re carved out of just one piece of jade.
Room service, please
The Acrobatic Show at the Chaoyang Theater was magnificent! The stunts were reminiscent of Cirque du Soleil. The performers graciously took a photo with us after the show.
Easter Brunch at the Peninsula Beijing (and an Easter Egg Hunt outside at the gardens of Louis Vuitton)

31 March 2018

More zoo pics 🐼
The Beijing Zoo... oh how I looked forward to seeing the pandas. There were 6 of them total between the panda house, Olympics and Asia Games centers. It was so cute to watch them eat their morning bamboo leaves. We saw monkeys, giraffes, birds, watched an older woman so tai chi on the lake, saw beautiful foliage, and met new friends. This is honestly the best zoo I’ve ever had the pleasure of visiting. Christopher and I felt serene and at peace surrounded by nature.
The Four Seasons continues to spoil us with dessert treats and complimentary shoes shines.
Dinner at Cai Yi Xuan
Beijing, we’ve arrived! The Four Seasons Hotel is amazing!

30 March 2018

The brief and unexpected Shanghai stop... After an unplanned series of flight cancellations, we stayed in Shanghai for the night. I decided to take fate by the horns and DiDi us to the nearest 5-star brunch. The Waldorf Astoria was our savior. Restored, we were able to take in the sights and smells of Shanghai.

28 March 2018

We’re off to Beijing!