Beijing Day 1 - Travel and more Travel

We are in China!  13 hours is sure a long time to fly, but the seats were pretty comfortable and we made it without too much drama.  We even got a couple of hours of sleep here and there.  I must say, the smog in Beijing is intimidating - you have to see it to believe it.

After a 45 minute cab ride we arrived at our hotel near Tiananmen Square.  The boys were pretty much fried, but we still needed to get some food.  We ventured out and found a line of street vendors with interesting food like grubs on a stick and other questionable offerings.

No. 1 Son found some chicken he liked, and The Artist and Z-Man found something like pot stickers.

The Man found food easily :')

On the way back we stopped and watched 200-300 people line dancing in the square outside the Catholic Church.  It was a bit surreal.

We managed to stay up until about 9:00 (7:00 am in Chicago) and slept until 4:30 - not bad.  Lots of good tea should help us through the day - even Z-Man enjoys it with lots of cream and sugar.

We're off to see the Great Wall today - more pics later.


  1. Great pics. So glad you arrived safely. We were in Beijing a couple of years ago. CAT wanted to transfer there, we checked it out, but the smog was a deal breaker. "Intimidating" is a good word for it. Looks like you are off to a great start!


  2. hi there,

    I have been to beijing several times. Was an expat there. If you buy anything at all, do bargain with them, Esp. if you are a foreigner, their prices tend to be rather high.

    Congrats on the new adoption baby. Glad to know that you are giving Zoe a new and better life!

    God bless your whole family,