We had a great last day in Beijing! We started our day by visiting Olympic Park which included the Bird's Nest and Watercube. While in Olympic Park Gracie decided to have a dance off with a Chinese Gentleman who had a souvenir stand in the park. She had so much fun and the locals all gathered around to watch her dance. She even received a round of applause afterwards!! Gracie makes her own fun wherever she goes! China has been an amazing experience for both girls that I wouldn't trade for anything! After our adventure at Olympic Park we headed to The Great Wall. We had been to the Great Wall in 2011 during Addie's adoption, but this time we visited the Mutianyu section of the wall which was really breathtaking. A much different view than we had the last time. In order to get to the Mutianyu section we had to travel on two lane roads which gave us an opportunity to see rural China which is much different than the big cities in China where we stay.
Simple people with simple ways. I say this everytime I travel outside of the US, but we have way too much stuff and we are so spoiled. These people work very hard for what they have and material wise it doesn't even come close to what we have. They walk EVERYWHERE or depend on public transportation. We get in our cars to drive two blocks....I'm guilty of being wasteful, whiny and spoiled. I pray that the next time I complain I will be reminded of all I have seen.
We have seen a few signs of Christmas here in China but it's not the same meaning as back home. Christmas here is all about the retail shops and children celebrating. It's not about the hope we have as believers, although being here thru the Christmas season has opened some doors for us to ask questions and share. We'll pray and let God lead if the opportunity presents.
Here are some pictures from our last day in Beijing: