We are here.
We arrived at our hotel with just enough time to catch our breath and brush our teeth.
Once back to the room, with full-bellies and jet lag starting to hit, we crawled under the down comforters at 7:30… delighted at being able to lay horizontally.
We were up bright and early and ready for coffee. We made our way to the breakfast buffet and ate our way from one end to the other.
Then, after a skype-session with the kids, we headed out to see the city.
And a perfect day for seeing Beijing it was.
The sun was out, the temperature was glorious and the air surprisingly clear.
First we visited Tienanman Square and the Forbidden City.
Then we took a ride in a rickshaw to tour the last remaining Hutong in Beijing.
We all loved it, and learned a lot of fascinating Chinese history in the process.
Tomorrow we will visit the Mutianyu portion of the Great Wall, weather permitting.
And on Sunday we travel to Changsha.
Where the real adventure begins.