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Sunday, January 10, 2010

China – Day Three – January 9

Hello America!

Today we had the “greatest” day of this trip so far. We went to one of the Seven Wonders of the World, The Great Wall of China! The Great Wall was much steeper than we originally thought. Everyone made it up but not everyone made it to the top. Those lucky few who did make it to the top were privileged with breathtaking views down the wall and the surrounding mountain range.

After finishing the hardest stairmaster in the world, we cooled down by going to the Cloisonné Factory. Cloisonné is the ancient Chinese art of bronze sculpture making. Everything from flower vases to chopsticks was created there.

However, most of the souvenirs for the day came from the pearl factory that we went to after lunch. Thousands of pearl and jade necklaces, rings, bracelets, and more filled a giant warehouse that dazzled with translucent beauty.

And to top off the “greatest” day we drank some tea and went shopping. We took part in a ceremonial tea service and then headed to the night market. At the night market everyone was able to strike up deals and walk away happy.

Now, we are headed to the overnight train ride across the Chinese countryside. See you soon!


At January 10, 2010 at 9:23 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds like you guys and gals are having a blast. have talked with Syd a couple of times on phone. I can't wait to tell FFA kids at school tomorrow about blog so they can read about your adventures. We did not have school Thursday or Friday due to snow and below zero temps. Nebraska FFA rocks(as well as alll FFA). Dad Paige: Bar-b-que King of GI:)

At January 11, 2010 at 9:05 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

So nice to read all your experiences. I hope you are all taking lots of pictures. We have finially gotten above 0 here. Some of the snow is melting and it is perfect for snowball fights should anyone want to stop by our ranch in Montana for a snowball fight. :) By the way I know it isn't Nicole requesting chocolate! :) Have fun and be safe. ENJOY
-Montana's mom-Shelly Willmore

At January 12, 2010 at 11:34 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

We love seeing the pictures of your smiling faces and reading about your experiences! Can't wait to hear the stories in person! Kiersten Kasey's parents - Nels and Autumn

At January 14, 2010 at 2:12 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wonderful posts about your experiences of China ~ what a great opportunity for all of you!!!! Can't wait to hear all the stories from Morgan when she gets home! Hope you all have a safe trip home!
Lisa Oleskie - Morgan's mom from VA


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