We made it safely to our hotel in Beijing earlier this afternoon. The drive back to the big capital city from the mountains was quite easy. No hiking this morning. Instead, we were allowed to sleep in (much appreciated by all, especially the teenagers among us) and then had a delicious breakfast of bacon and eggs at 9:00 AM. After breakfast, we watched a fascinating documentary called “The Eagle Huntress” about a Mongolian girl who learns how to trap, train, and hunt with an eagle. If you can find this film on Netflix (or somewhere else), we strongly recommend seeing it.
After breakfast, we finished packing our bags, presented a couple of farewell gifts to our wonderful hosts (William and Xi Lindesay), and then rolled away from our guesthouse just below the spectacular Great Wall. Those two days of hiking up to and along the Great Wall were quite magical, an experience none of us will ever forget. We learned so much about the wall from Mr. Lindesay during these excursions.
It’s very warm in Beijing, but the air-conditioning in the hotel works beautifully. The hotel is extremely nice, by the way. We head out later this afternoon for a little sight-seeing, followed by a dinner at a restaurant that Ms. Jin assures me will serve excellent (and authentic) Chinese food. I think we are seeing some kind of theatrical performance after our early dinner this evening. I’ll have one of the boys report on the production in our next blog post.
Our hotel is called the Bei Jing Jun Wang Fu Hotel. The hotel telephone number is 86 10-65855566.
We have a big day of sight-seeing planned for tomorrow.
I hope all is well with all of you parents and friends back home.
The picture below was taken just before we left our mountain guest house. The silver-haired gentleman in the green t-shirt is William Lindesay; his wife, Xi, is standing between Mr. Lindesay and Ms. Jin. (written by Peter Fry)