Early morning flight. A little tired, but excited to get to China!
Destiny and Chelsie fresh off the plane
Beijing National Stadium, officially the National Stadium, also known as the Bird's Nest, is a stadium in Beijing, China. The stadium was designed for use throughout the 2008 Summer Olympics and Paralympics.
Chelsie and Andrea enjoying their first breakfast at the hotel in Beijing
Chelsie and Kerri at the Temple of Heaven, literally the altar of Heaven. This is where Emperors of the Ming and Quing dynasties would pray to the heavens annually for good harvest.
Chelsie posing quick before beginning the journey up the steep slopes of the Great Wall.
Chelsie taking in the peacefullness of the Temple of Heaven.
Culture Shock! An example of standard Chinese public restrooms.
Destiny against art work outside the Great Wall of China.
Destiny day 3 at the Forbidden City
Destiny flying a cool kite in the middle of China traffic.
Destiny trying to explain to the seller he can't keep her money!
Emperor Qin Shi Huang conquered all opposing states and unified China in 221 BC, establishing the Qin Dynasty, joining all individual sections of the wals into one Great Wall..jpg
After many hours of traveling, Becky, Marisa and Andrea are excited to have finally arrived in Beijing!
After participating in a traditional chinese tea ceremony, MBD purchased some of the delicious tea they sampled, as well as authentic, ornate tea sets to bring home as gifts or memoirs of the trip.
An incredible Chinese acrobatic show the first evening. It included this performer dancing on the head of her partner, motorcycles in a giant cage, 11 girls riding on one bike, and much, much more!
An office building within the Forbidden City.
Andrea and Chelsie taking a break to enjoy the beautiful views.
Andrea and Marisa thrilled to be in Beijing!
Andrea in front of the Great Wall of China which stretches from east to west. It was first built to keep the Mongol nomads out of China.
Andrea standing in front of the Forbidden City, and across from Tienanmen Square. Every day in Tienanmen Square there is an official ceremony at sunrise and sunset for the raising and lowering of the Chinese flag.
Becky outside of the Forbidden City. The city is protected by a giant wall and moat.
Becky, Andrea, Marisa, Kerri, Chelsie and Destiny posing in front of the Temple of Heaven located southeast of the Forbidden City.
Becky, Destiny and Kerri sampling traditional peking duck dinner at a common restaurant just outside of downtown Beijing. The family style meal included several unique side dishes.