S: China Adventure 2013
1: FINALlY 358 Baole Rd Risen Villa 94 Snacks & Chats | What A Trip! LONG FLIGHT LONG LAYOVER TONS Of MOVIES LITTLE SLEEP
2: Saturday, March 9 After a great nights rest, time to see the town! Kate & Taylor take a tour on bikes and stop by Starbuck's. Then the boys take Taylor to the local bank to exchange her USDA for the China RMB.
3: No BETTER way or more FUN than seeing China on the back of the scooter!
4: Taylor & Aunt Linda walked down this very "typical" street to get to the Golden Flower Massage Shop. The Apartments are an example of how many local Chinese People live in Shanghai.
5: First Traditional Chinese Foot Massage...... Hopefully not the LAST! | * Perfumed warm water foot bath while shoulders, neck and head is massaged. * Feet are cleaned and the Hot Oil massage begins. * Hot Rock Foot Massage * Soothing lotions
6: Middle School Youth Taylor & Kate Saturday, March 9 After the foot massage, headed to the Shanghai American School to watch Jackson's girlfriend, Emma, play soccer. Gavin had baseball try-outs and Kate had Youth Worship Rehearsals. Then Greg, Linda, Alex and Taylor headed over to Youth - Shanghai West International Fellowship - They meet in a home very close to the school and play games, have worship, the Youth Pastor teaches and then small group time. Not so different from USA Youth Groups!
8: Shanghai West International Fellowship SWIF accepts the Bible as the perfect, revealed Word of God, and the Apostles' Creed and the Lausanne Covenant as it's statements of faith. All who attend SWIF must be foreign passport holders (including Taiwan, Macow, & Hongkong)
9: Praise & Worship lead by Jonathan | Kate & Taylor ready for Church! | Pastor Kevin Evans Came to SWIF August 2011 | SWIF Congregation Praises the Lord in Song!
10: Sunday was full of fun! Up early to catch the church bus - yes, the church provides FREE transportation! Then, off to Meadowbrook Farms - the only English Riding Stables in Shanghai where all instruction is in English. Mr. Nui drove Kate, Taylor, & Isabel out to the stables. Kate gave Taylor a tour and then had her lesson. Later that evening - time to celebrate Jackson's 16th birthday. Sesame Chicken, rice, and veggies for dinner - lots of laughter as Nan, Pop and Taylor learned how to use Chopsticks! Forks were used for Birthday Cake!
11: Monday March 11 Spending the Day at Shanghai American School in Grade 7! SAS was founded in 1912 and is one of the oldest international schools in the world and the largest in China. Mission: SAS inspires in all students: * A lifelong passion for learning * A commitment to act with integrity and compassion *The courage to live their dreams
12: High Speed Railway | Tuesday, March 12 Arrived at Hongqaio Train Station and only had to wait about 10 minutes until time to load. | ****Often called the Bullet Train, built in 2010, connects China's 2 largest Cities. This new train shortened the ride from 10 hours to 5 hours. The Average speed is 200km/h - but can run as fast as 380 km/h. Originally planned to make this trip in 3 hrs. and 58 minutes - due to added stops along the way - the travel time and speed was affected.
13: Check-out the high speed we are traveling! | Although seats are assigned - it's culturally acceptable to push ones way to the front of every line!
14: The Beijing City Wall was a series of walls built between 1436 and 1553. This wall stood 15 meters high and it had 9 gates. The wall was removed in 1965 to allow for construction of the 2nd Ring Road (like the Houston Beltway) and Line 2 of the Subway. Although the wall was removed, the City Gates remain as a reminder of this cities rich past. Pictured above, is 1 of these 9 gates.
15: -Tiananmen Square - Located at the center of Beijing and a gathering place for the common people of the past to come together to hear who had become the emperor or empress. Still a governmental gathering point.
16: National Flag raising Ceremony Takes place daily at sunrise.
17: Located within Tiananmen Square: Tiananmen Tower, Monument of People's Heroes, Great Hall of the People, Memorial Hall of Chairman Mao, and the National Museum of China. The Flag of the People's Republic of China is a red field charged in the upper corner nearest the flagpole, with five golden stars. One large star, with four smaller stars in a semicircle. Red: Represents the communist Revolution 5 stars & their relationship: Represents the unity of the Chinese people under the leadership of the Communist Party of China. Important History of Tiananmen Square: June 4, 1989 Protest of Pro-Democratic Students resulting in the Beijing massacre. To this day, the Chinese Government takes a stance of denial and will not speak of the topic. On the anniversary of this event, CNN is blocked on Hotel Television across China. The picture to the far left of this page - The Gate of Tiananmen Square - translates - Gate of Heavenly Peace.
18: I can't believe I'm really here! Taylor Wilder March 12, 2013
23: After a full day of travel - taxi, train, and van - touring the hot-spots of Beijing...... we were ready to head to the hotel, take a break and freshen-up ......Next stop - Peking Duck and the Red Theatre!
24: Famous Peking Duck Dinner A famous duck dish from Beijing that has been prepared since the imperial era and is now considered a "national dish" of China. The duck is thin, crispy skinned - served with mostly skin and little meat, sliced very thin. It is eaten with pancakes, scallion, and hoisin sauce.
26: Red Theatre The Legend of Kung Fu is one of the most well known examples of traditional Chinese Culture and has a history of thousands of years. Longest running traditional Chinese Activities. | Kung Fu Made famous world-wide by Bruce Lee, Jackie Chen and Jet Li.
27: A Peaceful nights sleep at the Holiday Day Inn Temple of Heaven. Enjoyed a fabulous bed, hot shower and the BEST breakfast buffet!
28: Wednesday, March 12 Bright and early we head to Mutanyu Section of the Great Wall of China.
30: After a long walk across the wall..... We thought we could take a short-cut to the slide.... Needless to say, we had to climb LOTS of steps to reach the slide! Thankfully - the ride down was worth the long climb up!
32: 2008 Summer Olympics Games of the XXIX Olympiad The Government of the People's Republic of China was extremely proud to host the games. 37 venues were used for these games, 12 constructed specifically for this special event. "The Bird Nest" Opening & Closing Ceremonies were held here "The Cube" Water Sports Were held here "Olympic Village" Housed the Athletes
34: Thursday, March 14 Last FUll Day of Fun in China! Kate went to school for a test - then we were OFF for a day of Firsts & Bests! *First Taxi Ride *First Dumplings *First Chinese Shopping *Best Chocolate *First Bund Experience *First Subway Ride
35: Din Tai Fung Dumpling House "One of the top 10 Restaurants in the World" Delicate Steamed Dumplings
36: Yuyuan Garden Established during the Ming Dynasty over 400 years ago. Today Yu Garden is still a beautiful example of a traditional Chinese Garden but what visitors also enjoy is the great shopping and traditional architecture surrounding the Garden.
39: Whisk Choco Cafe' Set back from th street down a short alley, this unique Shanghai Restaurant is known for fabulous Chocolate Desserts. Famous: Molten Chocolate Cake
40: Pear City International Market *Best Shopping *Bargains *Finds *Fun
41: "The Bund" Famous waterfront - regarded as the symbol of Shanghai
42: Memories that will last a lifetime!