Happy Father’s Day to the two best dads we could possibly ask for!! We were lucky enough to have both sets of our parents come visit us this year. We loved having them and are incredibly happy that they experienced our lives here, were able to see HK – and, a bit more of Asia. The Niedospials headed to Singapore after their trip in April, and the four of us Fullers headed to Beijing at the end of May. It was a wonderful, whirlwind of a weekend!
We touched down and met straightaway with our guide Tony. The man has been touring people around Beijing for the past 25 years and knows enough about Chinese emperors and dynasties to make your head spin. We were big fans of his stories
First stop, the Summer Palace!
And no, that pic up top was not THE palace. There wasn’t one massive structure – instead it was a collection of dozens and dozens of smaller one story buildings. Tony had a lot to say as we paused in front of each…. I in turn had a lot of wandering away and photos to take. Our next stop were the small streets surrounding the Houhai bar area. Hands down, my favorite place in Beijing. Packed with activity! Beijing’s version of Lan Kwai Fong (hence my affection).
Check out this model on the left:
As much as we enjoyed our first day, we were all pretty excited for what the next morning had in store for us… The Great Wall. Beijing can be pretty smoggy, but we got the rare day where the skies were bright blue and the landscape was just amazing…
Was pretty great to have Tony as our designated family photo guy…. Took one last set of pics and we set off! Next up… the Avenue of Animals.
And of course, we couldn’t leave Beijing without visiting the Forbidden City. I’ll be honest in that I didn’t expect it to be so vast…. and so crowded! This was just one ‘small’ portion. Go through those quarters on the far end and you’ll wind up facing another square similar to this one. And another after that. And another after that. All this for the emperor and his wife! Although we can’t forget about his concubines, dozens of children and massive staff. Despite its size, the place was so well maintained. As Tony told us about nearly everything we saw – ‘this structure is older than your country.’ Entertaining, that one!
Just for kicks. Lunchtime in the palace.
HUGE thanks to our parents!!!!