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Beijing Impressions -北京印象

Beijing Impressions

The Westminster in China 2015 Exchange Program – Summer Trip to Beijing

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Our group in the hotel

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In the hotel

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In the Tian An Men Square

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Tian An Men Square

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In the Tian An Men Square

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In the Tian An Men Square

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In the Tian An Men Square with a group of tourists

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In the Forbidden City Museum

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In the Forbidden City

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Our group in the Houhai district

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The Beijing University Bo Ya Tower

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At Bei Da – the Beijing University

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The Summer Palace Longevity Hill

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In the Summer Palace

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In the Summer Palace  with Ms. Wang

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In the Summer Palace

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In the Summer Palace

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In the Summer Palace

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In the Summer Palace

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In the Summer Palace

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Our group in the Summer Palace with Ms. Wang

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Before climbing the Longevity Hill in the Summer Palace

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In a Park

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In the China Central Television (CCTV)

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The Olympic Park in the night time – the Bird Nest

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In the Olympic Park

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In the Wang Fujing shopping center

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In the Wang Fujing shopping center

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Meal in McDonald near the Olympic Park

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On the top of the Great Wall

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On the top of the Great Wall

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On the top of the Great Wall
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On the top of the Great Wall

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On the top of the Great Wall

The Westminster in China 2014 Exchange Program – Summer Trip to Beijing
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Beijing Impression!

Visiting the Imperial Palace – the Forbidden City by Maya

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Inside the Forbidden City Museum

Today we visited the beautiful and sprawling Imperial Palace. From the moment we entered the gate I not only felt the grandeur of the beautifully designed palace, but also the royal and imperial elements of the palace itself. As we continued walking through the palace with our unbelievably knowledgeable tour guide, Grace, we began to pay close attention to the small details of the buildings. For example, we learned that the larger the number of mystical animals lining the rooftops the more important the building was, a detail that certainly captured my attention. Although we did not get to go inside every building we were able to peer through the windows of some buildings where we were able to see some of the old palace furniture and the interior design. While, the architecture and exterior detail of the buildings were truly incredible, I personally believe that the history lined within every wall, gate, and entrance is arguably what makes the palace incredible.

More Photos about Beijing Impressions…

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Arrival – Breakfast in the Hotel

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The first Breakfast in Beijing

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The First Breakfast in Beijing

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The First Breakfast in Beijing

 

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Visiting the Tian An Men Square and the Forbidden City

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In front of the Tian An Men Square and the Forbidden City Museum

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In front of the Tian An Men Square and the Forbidden City Museum

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in front of the red wall of the Forbidden City

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Beijing alley or hutong tour in paddy cab

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The Bell Tower of Beijing

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Tea time at the Beijing Bell Tower Museum tea house.

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Tea time at the Beijing Bell Tower Museum tea house.

Visiting Houhai, the Shopping and Entertainment Center by Maya

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Houhai – a entertainment and art place for Americans

After the Imperial Palace, we rode in a pedicab. The pedicab was driven by an expert who was not only skilled at driving through narrow streets and alleys, but also at dodging and weaving hoards of people lining the streets. Our final destination on the pedicab was the beautiful, man-made Lake Houhai that was filled with scenic duck boats and people enjoying a beautifully sunny Sunday afternoon. Although, Lake Houhai was striking, the cute little shops lining the lake were absolutely delightful because every single window seemed to contain something new and exciting that invited you in through their front door.

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Posed in front of Yan Dai Xie Jie with our tour guide Grace in Houhai

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Houhai, one of best places to visit

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In Houhai, blow and make a sugar syrup mouse, a traditional folk art in Beijing.

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Welcome dinner at Quan Ju De Peking Duck Restaurant

Host Family Time by Jennifer

One of the things I enjoyed most throughout the trip was the food!! I think I ate too much food and probably gained a couple pounds during the three days we spent with our host families. It was well worth it though. I thought the dumplings we made earlier this week were good but pictured below are two of my favorite dishes I had this weekend. The first picture is a dish with a variety of different meats with a sauce. Unfortunately, I can’t explain it very well, but it was delicious. The second picture is a wonderful dessert. It’s warm bread with ice cream. My mouth is watering just talking about it. I had this when Maya, Ayo, Kendall, and I along with our hosts spent a day together as a group. The last picture is me with my host family.

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Food!

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Welcome Dinner in Quan Ju De Restaurant

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Welcome dinner at Quan Ju De Peking Duck Restaurant with Mr. Jin

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In the Summer Palace – Yi He Garden

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Climb the Longevity Hill – Wan Shou Shan in the Summer Palace

Tour of the Summer Palace by Jennifer

            Today after observing some classes and eating lunch, we took a seemingly short walk to the Summer Palace. It wasn’t TOO far away from the Beijing 101 School. One of the highlights of touring the Summer Palace was climbing Longevity Hill. We weren’t originally going to climb the hill. The four of us (Maya, Ayo, Kendall, and myself) had to make a tough decision. Either we continue our loop around the humongous Kunming Lake OR we climb Longevity Hill and then retrace our steps back the way we came. Us teens wanted to stray for an adventure so after many uneven stone steps got to the top of the hill. Unfortunately, we couldn’t go to the very top of Tower of Buddhist Incense but it was still an amazing experience climbing the hill.

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in the Summer Palace- Yi He Garden

In the first picture below, I’m pretending like I’m holding up the roof of the little pavilion. It’s said that if you hold up the roof, you will have good luck. Hope I get some good luck coming my way soon! On our way down, we saw this guy with one hand painting these beautiful paintings (the second picture). Some of us ended up buying a painting for about $16.

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Holding the Tower of Buddhist Incense up

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Chinese painting – the peonies

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posed in the moon door in the summer palace.

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boating in the Summer Palace- Yi He Garden

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boating in the Summer Palace- Yi He Garden

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in the Summer Palace- Yi He Garden

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in the Summer Palace- Yi He Garden

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in the Summer Palace- Yi He Garden

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In the old Summer Palace - Yuan Ming Garden

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In the old Summer Palace - Yuan Ming Garden

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Ms. Cathy Wang and Ms. Liu in the Old Summer Palace

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a giant seal in the Old Summer Palace

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boating in the lake of the Old Summer Palace

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Visiting the Beijing Olympic Park!

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Beijing Olympic Park- the Bird Nest

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Beijing Olympic Park

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Beijing Olympic Park – inside of the Bird Nest

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Beijing Olympic Park – inside the Water Cube

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Beijing Olympic Park – inside the Bird Nest

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With our host families

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With our host families

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With our host families

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in the Great Wall

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The Great Wall – If You Did Not Climb the Wall, You Would Not Be A Real Man

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in the Great Wall

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We have climbed the Wall!

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Mr. Wells have climbed the most difficult section of the Wall!

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With a grandma who climbed the Great Wall successfully!

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We Have Climbed the Wall!

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