28.05.2017 - 28.05.2017 37 °C
Today we left the hotel at 8am and went to a Jade Factory. I didn't realise that Jade came in colours other than green. It also comes in purple and white and multi-colours. I will post some photos of some different things carved from Jade. Today was the first of a 3-day holiday to celebrate the dragon boat races so traffic was quite bad as was the smog. After the Factory we went to the Ming Tombs where 13 Emperors are buried along with their concubines.
We spent 45 mins walking the area and then we had to leave and go for an early lunch. Apparently it's a good time to walk the wall around lunchtime as it's not so busy. The restaurant was above a shopping are which sold all sorts of things from beautiful vases to plates to etched marble.
Soon it was time to head to the Great Wall. It is a sight to see. Some of the tour group went right to the very top but it was way too hot for most of the group. If you reached the top you got a gold medal with your name engraved on it. It was 37 today with a humidity of 87%.
I did get a t-shirt which said I climbed the wall 😀. All too soon we had to leave and head back to the hotel to rest before we went out for dinner which included Peking Duck. We watched the chef calve the duck before having lessons on how best to eat it we had small crepes to roll the duck in. You take some duck and dip it in the sauce (which is really salty) and then add shallots and cut up vegetables. Once you've got enough you roll it up and eat it. The skin is absolutely delicious.
After dinner it was back to the hotel for packing and getting ready to head home. We leave for the airport at 10.30. Our flight doesn't leave until 3.45 and we have to fly to Nanjing where we have to get off the plane and wait for 90mins and get back on the same plane for the 11hr flight home. We have to get our lunch at the airport before we go through customs as there are no eateries on the other side.
I will post a short entry when I get home to finish off the blog.
As always please check out the photos.
Janelle & Cheryl