Jade Factory, The Summer Palace, Pearl Factory, 2008 Olympic Site, Chinese Market, Neighborhood Park, Chrysanthemum Tea, Hutong Tour of Old Beijing, Chinese Family Lunch

To wrap up the final sights and sounds of Beijing, we also went to… Jade Factory A state-run Jade Factory (actually we went to this before the Great Wall but I’d forgotten about it) where they tell you about jade, how it was part of the 2008 Olympic medals, how it’s carved, etc. then take […]

Xi’an and Terra Cotta Warriors (and More Notes on Beijing)

We had a blast in Beijing!  After the Great Wall, we visited the Summer Palace, a pearl factory, the site of the 2008 Olympics, including the Bird’s Nest and Water Cube, went to a market, visited a neighborhood park,  took a hutong tour and also got to have lunch with a local family in the […]