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Wednesday, September 08, 2004

Peking Duck:

imageYou can’t come to Beijing without trying Peking duck. The restaurant was very nice and had many appetizers before they brought us the main course, which was a fully cooked duck.
The chef cut the duck in front of us and served it to us. The duck was very good, especially when we made it into a wrap.

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Today we got to see a Traditional Chinese Acrobatics show. The show incorporates dancing, high flying stunts, and extremely difficult acrobatics. One of the highlights of the show was seeing 12 Chinese girls stacked on one bike as they rode around the stage. It was a great show to see.

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Thursday, September 09, 2004

Site Notes: Weather Now Available

The weather for Beijing (or wherever we are during the trip) is now availalable on the left rail, courtesy of

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Monday, September 13, 2004

Update from China:

Sorry I haven’t posted anything for the past week. We left Beijing by train to Wuhan China.

Since i don’t have a good internet connection i won’t be able to Post anything until we get to Narita, Japan. We are touring the Yangzi River by boat, which is really fun.

We are doing great and having the time of our life. Keep us in your prayers. Feel free to email me at. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) if you have any questions.

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Monday, September 27, 2004

Temple of Heaven

imageOn Sunday September 4th we left for the Temple of heaven. This is a very special place for the Chinese people.  There is a huge park where every weekend there are people getting together playing games, singing, doing some type of judo, or just sitting and pondering.  There are three temples in this park. One of the templtes, the temple of Heaven, is a very beautiful place with a lot of Chinese heritage.image

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Chinese Opera

Chinese Opera:
Monday night we went to a traditional Chinese opera. There were two (opera’s) in the night show. One of the shows had a very funny old boatman who was helping out a princess get to her scholar who was on another boat.
The other story was about a scholar who fell in love with a nymph and they ended up getting married. The other nymph’s didn’t like this so they started a war with the nymph and the scholar. There were a lot of flips and jumping around like the old Jet Lee movies. Even though we had no idea what the actors were saying we understood what was going on.
(I will post photos when I find someone who took some.)

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Fragrant Hill:

Fragrant Hill is not a hill but a mountain. Fred (our tour guide) told us that every year elderly Chinese men and woman climb to the top of this mountain to prove that they are still young. Fragrant Hill has 2200 steps to the top. It is not an easy climb, but once you get to the top, you see the entire city of Beijing and how large it really is.
Jacob Barnes said, “The name of the hill should be changed to ‘The mountain of beauty and pain.‘”

At the top we sat and took it all in for about an hour, then we ran down the 2200 steps to the bottom. We all enjoyed this trip to the top of Fragrant Hill.

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