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 2

Today we went to the Jade Factory. It was really exciting because they taught us how to tell the difference between real and fake jade. Real jade has a cloudy look that they call the Jade Flower and fake jade has air bubbles. I got a figure of an ox because I was born in the Year of the Ox. I saw a huge eagle made out of jade. It cost over $200,000 to buy.

The Great Wall is over 3,000 miles long and the astronauts said it is the only man made thing they can see from the moon. It was built over 2,000 years ago.

I only climbed a portion of the wall. I had to rest a lot and had no water for the climb. I finally got some water when I made it to the top. It must’ve taken the workers a very long time to build it. The portion of the wall that we climbed is built on a mountain.

After lunch we went to learn about the history of different types of tea in China. There are five different types of hot tea. I really love the Oolong tea because it gave me a lot of energy. Teas are used to heal people and help the body in many ways.

After the tea lesson, we went to see the Chinese Acrobat show. I liked the finale best. It was really cool when a platform rose out of the ground and another rose out of that. The platform had 3 men on it who were real strong and did a lot of cool stuff. Some other acts included bicycles, lasers, men doing flips on trampolines, guys jumping through hoops, and a bunch of other cool acts.

Here is a video of the Jade Factory Tour and Climbing the Great Wall.

We were tired and just ate at McDonalds because we knew we had a long day the next day.

Hi Tim,
what a great blogger you are. I love the way you write...The pictures are great and I am so happy you got to go to China and see all the sights and also to be there for meeting your new sister. I know you will be so happy with her and I just know she will love can she help but love you??? Love Grandma
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