Matt's China Trip

I am traveling to China to meet my new baby sister Elizabeth YunDan. She was born on January 21, 2008. I'm going on November 19th and getting back on December 5th. I'm traveling with my family. I'm going to visit the Great Wall, the Forbidden City and 2008 Olympics.

Sunday, November 23, 2008


Beijing Sightseeing – Day 1

Olympic Green: We went to the Water Cube today. We got tickets as souvenirs. Michael Phelps won 8 gold medals, all from swimming events.

Next, we went to the Forbidden City. The Forbidden City was finished in 1420 and was the home to the Emperor, his wife, and family. There was a place for final preparations for ceremonies. There were lions that protected the palace and the Temple of Supreme Harmony. The Forbidden City is very, very big. So if you have to go to the bathroom, make sure you go before you get inside. The bathroom that I used was a 4 Star Bathroom.

We went to lunch at a Chinese Restaurant where we had a private room. They came to the tables with a platter of different foods and sat it on a revolving disc of glass and I spun the glass to get whatever food I wanted. I used chopsticks to eat the food. I really like the chicken that was covered in a yellow sauce.

Tiananmen Square is the home to the tomb of Mao Tse Dong, who was viewed as one of the great leaders of China. He died in the late 70’s and his body is on public display. Tiananmen Square is the biggest public central square in the world. Over one million people can fit in there at a time. We took a group picture. Also, people wanted to take pictures with me and my brother Tim. They like blonds. There was a protest of some sort in the square and the guards came over to see what was happening and took the protesters away.

My mom and the Fuhrmans got a foot massage while my Dad, me and Tim went out for dinner at Pizza Hut. We didn’t get any service and I was about to fall asleep, so we left the restaurant and went to KFC.

Here is a video of our first day of sightseeing in Beijing.

Tomorrow, we visit the Great Wall.

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