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Saturday, September 04, 2004

Okalahoma Farewell Dinner

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Pac Rim 2004:
Top left: Sponsor Jim Cutbirth, Adam Potter, Chris Verner, Casey White, Kent Bresee, Leah Vergne, Jordon Alexander, Jon Schulz, and Jacob Barnes.
Bottom left: Laura King, Jala Herdon, Amy Covington, Daniel Kratzer, Stephanie Coil, Sponsor Denise Cutbirth, and McKayla Brooks.
Keeps us in your prays as we embark on this in creditable journey to the far parts of the world.

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The Journey Starts

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Our journey has begun. We left Oklahoma Christian University at 5:45am on August, 27 2004. Arrived at Will Rogers Airport and that is where John Osborne and Nancy Moran (Travel Agent) met up with all of us and helped us get through the ticket counter. 

Then we left for Salt Lake City where we would connect with our next flight to Los Angles. Our Final flight will be from LA to Narita, Japan. Once we landed in Narita, we went through customs just fine, but baggage claim was another thing. Chris Verner’s Luggage got misplaced in between Narita and Oklahoma. Total amount of flying on the first day of travel is 6881 miles!

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Arrive in Beijing:

We left Narita around 6 pm- barely missing a Typhoon. We had a one hour delay in Narita due to the storm and the number of aircraft landing.

This flight was about 3 and half hours long and a late flight. We got to Beijing around 10 that night and went through customs just fine. Some people from Capital Normal University picked us up and we got to the campus around 11:00.

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Tiananmen Square & Forbidden City:

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Tuesday we went to see the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square. While at the square it was the first encounter for all of us with the street vendors. Some of us were being followed around by these vendors as they were yelling all around for us to buy there things. The Forbidden City is an awesome place with great beauty and heritage. Just realizing that we were walking through so much history was an awesome experience.
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Monday, September 06, 2004

Summer Palace:

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This was by far the most beautiful thing I believe we have seen since being in Beijing. The Summer Palace is built around a man made-lake and has the largest art gallery in the world. This Palace also has many buildings and a large Buddhist Temple on a hill. We took a boat ride across the lake and then went to the Pearl Market.
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Wednesday, September 08, 2004

The Great Wall

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This has been by far the coolest site that we have visited in Beijing. The Great Wall has been a dream fulfilled for me. We left the hotel at 8:00a.m. Saturday morning and traveled about an hour out of the city. When we saw the great wall in was an awesome site. I thought to myself, “This is a two thousand years old and it is still standing.”

The wall is not flat at all but very steep in a few places. It was a very great place to see. We spent around 3 hours at the wall. While at the wall we found out that Kent Breese is a great bargainer with street vendors. imageimage

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Emperor Mings underground Tomb

This tomb was cool because it was built in the 15th century and it is all underground. Our tour guide told us that when the Emperor died, he wanted everyone who helped build the tomb to be sealed in there with his coffin.

It was really cool to go underground about 50ft and walk into a large open area. There were four chambers in this tomb with very high ceilings. It was very beautiful and I am glad that we got experience this place.
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(Danny leaving Mings Tomb)

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