Today, we did the tour of Tiamen Square, Forbidden City & The Great Wall. It was raining the whole time. As we got off the bus, there were several vendors selling umbrellas and ponchos. I bought a poncho for me and mom because we didn't have our rain gear with us (my fault...told mom she didn't need her umbrella, it was just smog not rain). The tour was long but interesting. The Great Wall is HUGE. We didn't make it to the top. The stairs are super steep. I didn't want me or mom to break anything. We did enjoy the peace of it though. Despite the rain, the weather was nice and cool...like fall in San Antonio. Lunch at the friendship store was okay. I really liked the sweet and sour fish (yes I said fish for those of you who know I'm not a big fan of fish). Our guide is great and knows a great deal about the history of China. Tomorrow we leave at 5:50 a.m. to go to the airport (I'm so blessed with these early flights, LOL). The bell boy is coming at 4:30 a.m. to get our luggage. By 3:30 tomorrow, I get my Grace. My daughter is the only one from Fengxin. The rest of my travel group is from Fuzhou. Mom and I are trying to get to bed by 8.
I'm attaching some pictures of today's events.