Whew, this was one busy day -- Tian’an Men Square, the Forbidden City, a hutong tour, a visit to the CCCWA (formerly CCAA), and a Christmas party (which we practically sleepwalked through).
We thought we were totally prepared for the cold, but the second we stepped off that bus in Tian’an Men Square the artic blast had everyone on the tour scrambling for any extra clothing stashed in pockets and backpacks. Whooeee, that was some serious cold. A vendor came up to our family with kid-sized panda masks and we couldn’t buy them fast enough. So every picture you see of Ro and Ree has them toasty warm with their faces covered by pandas.
See? Funny and very happy little pandas (Ree in blue hat, Ro in purple one):
Never realized it before, but those simple white coats stand out like beacons in bustling crowds. Very handy:
Our family portrait on the way to the restroom. Hee:
What exactly has to happen for a toilet to receive the coveted 4-star rating?:
Heading up the stairs to the Forbidden City:
I could stare at the architecture and details all day:
After the Forbidden City, we went on a hutong tour, which was AWESOME. Loved seeing that captivating town (want to get back some day and really spend some time there), riding in the rickshaw, and having lunch in a local lady’s bedroom:
Our gracious hostess (who said it was fine to take a picture):
The kiddos are all having a good time together. They’re cute to see. The tour group has three busses, grouped by age. We’re on the bus with the “littles”:
Everything is so colorful here:
This is the local bike repair shop. Seriously. See the pumps and extra parts?:
Ok, way too many pictures for one post, I edited it down as much as possible and still haven’t even said anything about our fabulous afternoon visit to the CCCWA. That merits its own post, so I’m going to have to call this one over and done and tell the rest of the story tomorrow.