Sunday, September 30, 2012

Tuesday Day 11 - Beijing, China

Headed home from Beijing, we didn't take any pictures this day but we hit the high speed train for 5 hours.

Back to Shanghai in time for dinner and bed time.

The trip to Beijing was priceless. Kyle and Elizabeth had never been so it was a mini family vacation.

We will forever be endowed to The Tetmeyers' for allowing us to house with them, showing us around, planning the trip to Beijing and everything in Shanghai, the time and effort they put in to the two weeks we spent with them.

We love you!!!!

Monday Day 10 - Beijing, China

Headed to the Great Wall, on our way we stopped to see The Beijing Olympic Park.

Low and behold, Mickey and Minnie Mouse...NO WAY :)

The Birds Nest

It was extremely hazy, so picture quality is not clear

A map of the entire area. There are sooo many buildings.

One of my favorite parts of the honeymoon.

  The Great Wall of China

The Great Wall of China is a series of fortifications made of stone, brick, wood, and other materials, generally built along an east-to-west line across the historical northern borders of China in part to protect the Chinese Empire or its prototypical states against intrusions by various nomadic groups or military incursions by various warlike peoples or forces. Several walls were being built as early as the 7th century BC; these, later joined together and made bigger, stronger, and unified are now collectively referred to as the Great Wall.[4]Especially famous is the wall built between 220–206 BC by the first Emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang. Little of that wall remains. Since then, the Great Wall has on and off been rebuilt, maintained, and enhanced; the majority of the existing wall was reconstructed during the Ming Dynasty.

The only other words for the pictures above are INCREDIBLE. This was the most amazing experience, will forever be thankful for the opportunity.

The Summer Palace was next.

It covers an expanse of 2.9 square kilometers, three quarters of which is water.

Longevity Hill is about 60 meters (200 feet) high and houses many buildings positioned in sequence. The front hill is rich in the splendid halls and pavilions, while the back hill, in sharp contrast, is quiet with natural beauty.
The central Kunming Lake covering 2.2 square kilometers was entirely man made and the excavated soil was used to build Longevity Hill. In the Summer Palace, one finds a variety of palaces, gardens, and other classical-style architectural structures.

Where are we ?

My little man!! :)

No words can express the love I have for my niece and nephew, if they were in the same country I could spoil them so much more!! :D

She's beautiful, inside and out!!