we worked out at the gym and met peter (our tour guide) who gave us a tour of the Summer Palace. we went by for photo opportunities of the Beijing 2008 summer olympics (bird’s nest, water cube, etc) and then headed to a local hutong where we rode around in a rickshaw and had lunch with a local family. the father was a kung fu expert and trained both his sons, one of whom is in houston and was a coach to jet li. the family was very nice and the tour was an interesting look at people’s lives in a hutong. we saw the bell tower and drum tower near the hutong. we checked out silk street markets and got a d&g jacket and white ceramic chanel watch. hard bargaining! then, we went to Da Dong, an amazing restaurant was focus on peking duck, presentation, and decor. we ordered the shark fin soup, bird’s nest soup, beef short ribs, bamboo shoots, and the 1/2 duck. it was a superb meal! after that, we took a walk jinbao road and saw some amazing car dealers all in a row. not to forget all the new hotels and specialty shops on this road! we then headed down wanfujing road and ducked into a nice air conditioned mall called malls at oriental plaza. durian was attempted here…we found a store like whole foods called Ole where we got some for the chairman at the hospital and went by the Sony store to get Bargitta an electronic picture frame. headed to bed around 11p.
- Hutong (apostcardaday.blogspot.com)
- First lessons at Hutong School and visit at Jingshan Park (2beijingornot2beijing.wordpress.com)
- Great Wall and Gardens – Beijing, China (travelpod.com)
- Day 1 – Yonghegong, roast duck and jetlag. – Beijing, China (travelpod.com)