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Monday, May 25, 2009

The Great Wall, Tombs, and Gold Medals – A Day of Touring

Our rest day began with touring the famous sights around Beijing. First stop was the Great Wall of China and it was truly breathtaking and we now understand why it is one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Our group enjoyed a gondola ride to the top of the mountain and was able to hike up and down the wall taking in the sights from numerous vantage points. It was amazing to be in such a historical place and imagine the country’s struggles and toils thousands of years ago.

After lunch, the Ming Tombs were our next stop. Once again we experienced a look back in time into Chinese culture and were amazed at the structures.

Finally, wrapped up the day with touring the Bird’s Nest and Water Cube where the 2008 World Olympics were held in Beijing. We were so excited to see up close what we all watched last August from our homes in the United States. We even came home with our very own gold medals!

Tomorrow we are on our way to Guangzhou to get back to touring agricultural facilities and meeting with some staff of the U.S. Grains Council.

Amy Berry, University of Wyoming
Sara Vandenbos, Utah State University


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