Wednesday, July 14, 2010


I am back from China, and it was an amazing trip! However, I am very grateful for the home I have, the job I do, and the country I live in. We started in Beijing and then flew two hours north to Heilonjiang province to the city of Harbin to visit schools. Russia is the north border of Heilonjiang and Mongolia is the west. You can see the Russian influence in many of the building and even in the cuisine. One of our best meals was in a Russian restaurant.

I climbed the Great Wall of China, visited Tiananmen Square, walked through the Forbidden City and visited the Llama temple and the Confucius temple. I even held a baby Siberian Tiger. (Fully grown those things are huge and dangerous.) We even visited some amazing schools, although they were way larger than I would ever want to be in charge of. (5,000 students and 200 teachers) The best part of the trip by far was the people.

For now, I will let some of my pictures tell the rest of the story.

The Great Wall of China was one of the highlights of my trip. Some of the steps were two inches high and others were over 12 inches high, and it was steep. They told us that over 1/3 of the people that helped build the wall died and they burried them in the wall--that's a lot of people! All I could think about were all the bodies I was probably walking over. If you climbed even one step of the great wall they called you a hero. I wear that title with honor because we climbed way more than one step. See the square guard tower at the top of the photo. We made it there and back down in the 45 minutes they gave us.
Our hotel in Beijing...

Our visit to the elementary school. We helped paint in art class, and listened to some wonderful
songs in music class (in English).

Tianenman Square...

The four star toilet in the Forbidden City. No toilet paper, and all the toilets were squatters. It could have been a billion star toilet and you wouldn't have been able to get me to use it. It was cool inside, which helped in the 104 degree weather.

Part of the Forbidden City. Home only to the Emperors. The brick was 15 layers deep so that tunnels couldn't be made to get the emperor, and no trees so Kung Fu fighters would have no place to hide.

Harbin, with all of our Chinese guides. All but Alvin were going to school to be educators. Alvin is studying statistics.

Our gang from the back of the bus...

A 30 day old Siberian tiger cub. Those claws were sharp and he was grumpier than you might think.

1 comment:

Kari Lyn said...

WOW Celeste! That looks awesome. Was this a school trip, or what was it about?