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We arrived in Beijing 2 days before our pre-cruise tour of the city. Met at Beijing's airport by a good friend and U.S. National, Ryan Sanden, we were taught how to take the rail, foreign exchange, and that if you beep your horn you can go through a red traffic light. Ryan and Xiao-feng along with their friend Chris guided us to a nice hotel in the Haidan District of Beijing, lent a cell phone and plenty of Yuan to get us started. We love you Ryan!
NewIslandCoffeeShop--this must be where we left that map!
NewIslandCoffeeShop--this must be where we left that map!
Fresh Fruit!
Fresh Fruit!
LilyPad&Lil'Sister by Summer Palace
LilyPad&Lil'Sister by Summer Palace
Summer Palace, China, 2009
Summer Palace, China, 2009
Under the Gate of Dispelling Clouds--Tom gets flower-head envy.
Under the Gate of Dispelling Clouds--Tom gets flower-head envy.
Tom
Tom
Blending in the Long Corridor Summer Palace
Blending in the Long Corridor Summer Palace
Summer Palace
Summer Palace
Summer Palace, China, 2009
Summer Palace, China, 2009
Clear and Peaceful (&Marble) Boat @ Summer Palace
Clear and Peaceful (&Marble) Boat @ Summer Palace
Jade Belt Bridge @ Summer Palace
Jade Belt Bridge @ Summer Palace
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LilyPads&LotusBlossoms Summer Palace
LilyPads&LotusBlossoms Summer Palace
They'll barbeque any meat for you right at your table--even your d.....nevermind
They'll barbeque any meat for you right at your table--even your d.....nevermind
The Famous Silk Street in Downtown Beijing
The Famous Silk Street in Downtown Beijing
China World Trade Center Tower III towers over Tom in Beijing
China World Trade Center Tower III towers over Tom in Beijing
China Television Building AKA Short Pants
China Television Building AKA Short Pants
Forbidden Umbrella
Forbidden Umbrella
Forbidden Camera
Forbidden Camera
Forbidden Sunglasses
Forbidden Sunglasses
Forbidden SunDial
Forbidden SunDial
Forbidden Self-Portrait
Forbidden Self-Portrait
Forbidden Fish-eye shot
Forbidden Fish-eye shot
Forbidden repairs
Forbidden repairs
Forbidden Palace, China, 2009
Forbidden Palace, China, 2009
Forbidden haggling for Forbidden Book
Forbidden haggling for Forbidden Book
Forbidden gewgaws
Forbidden gewgaws
South Park Panda Zoo
South Park Panda Zoo
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Pandamonium
Great Wall in Beijing, China, 2009
Great Wall in Beijing, China, 2009
Tom on his way up
Tom on his way up
Chuck and Judy Dethloff
Chuck and Judy Dethloff
Judy
Judy
More Gewgaws
More Gewgaws
Jenn driving the SKYGZR tour bus
Jenn driving the SKYGZR tour bus
Ming Tombs
Ming Tombs
In remembrance of Hi Jolly
In remembrance of Hi Jolly
Peking Opera
Peking Opera
Rain in Beijing, China, 2009
Rain in Beijing, China, 2009
Rain at Tiannamen Square
Rain at Tiannamen Square
COEXIST
COEXIST
SKYGZR section of Tiannamen Square
SKYGZR section of Tiannamen Square
Chuck and Judy with still-dry cameras
Chuck and Judy with still-dry cameras
Knitting a blankie for Mao
Knitting a blankie for Mao
Don Ho does Temple of Heaven Hall
Don Ho does Temple of Heaven Hall
Temple of Heaven
Temple of Heaven
Hawk Kites!
Hawk Kites!
Safely separated from Tom on taxi ride to downtown Tianjin from port.
Safely separated from Tom on taxi ride to downtown Tianjin from port.
Tianjin
Tianjin
New Tianjin built in front of old Tianjin
New Tianjin built in front of old Tianjin
Lots of buildings going up
Lots of buildings going up
JUST EAT IT
JUST EAT IT
Tianjin--naked eye Sun
Tianjin--naked eye Sun
All of the Lions have manes--the girl lions squash little lions under their paws.
All of the Lions have manes--the girl lions squash little lions under their paws.
Every which way traffic jam
Every which way traffic jam
How to stack a large population
How to stack a large population
Tianjin
Tianjin