Two years ago, I crossed a country off my bucket list. It was my first foreign adventure in a long, long time, and it took me to the Middle Kingdom, other wise known as China.
I never posted a blog about it because my life also happened to be completely upside down at the time. 2011 was the year I took a giant leap of faith that everything would be okay - I quit a solid job so that I could move back to Southern California, totally job-less. Thankfully, my China trip had been planned and paid for the summer prior, so I was locked in to this vacation.
Now I find myself two years later, staring down another foreign adventure, and finally ready to blog about my China trip.
I went with my best friend and her family, and we packed in a whirlwind of a trip. We were on the ground for seven days, and we visited five cities. The first was Beijing.
China was amazing. It is crowded, and by crowded, I mean that there are people everywhere, at all times of day. It's like when you go to a football game, the game's over, and everyone's leaving. That's how China is all the time. But it's also so very old. There's just so much history to this country, and I only saw five cities.
Here's the first, Beijing. We visited the Forbidden City, which was the Imperial Palace from the Ming Dynasty to the Qing Dynasty.
|We entered the Forbidden City from the back. It actually really helped to go against the grain.|
|The usual Forbidden City shot - view from the front, with Mao's portrait hanging.|
|A female lion at the Forbidden City. You know she is female because she has a baby lion under her left paw.|
|A boat at the Summer Palace, made of marble.|
|Temple of Heaven|
|Climbing the Great Wall, and looking down at the second turret and parking lot.|
|It was a chilly ride, so the rickshaw had blankets for us.|
|We did not go in the Bird's Nest, and just made use of the visit as photo opp.|