Day 1 – Beijing!!

Oh. My. Word.

It’s so hard to believe the time has finally come and we are finally here!!

First impressions……..

This place is Crazy!!  The drivers are insane!!

There is no way possible I could EVER drive in this city!

I’m dead dog tired!!  We traveled for a little over 24 hours in coming here!!

Totally worth it!  Would do it again!!  😉

There is no sense of personal space or order.  Hence the crazy driving.

Driving lanes are merely suggestions, not something that should be followed!!

We did A LOT of touring today!!  And I LOVE our guide Helen!  She is fabulous!!

We started at Tienanmen Square, then went to the Forbidden City, and then did the Hutong Tour.

That was awesome!!  We had the opportunity to ride in a rickshaw and visit with a Chinese family in their home!

So educating and enjoyable!!  Highly advise the Hutong Tour if you are coming to Beijing anytime soon!!

While we were at the Forbidden City a mom grabbed Taylor by the arm and showed him her camera and told him she wanted a picture with her son!!  Taylor was a very good sport, and permitted this!!  It was super cute!!!

We’ve been stared at so much today, it kinda freaked Kennedy out!!!  It was funny!!  The Chinese people have no problem with just stopping and staring at you!!  Something that I’m sure will happen again!!

Tiananmen Square

Outside of the Forbidden City

Outside of the Forbidden City

Forbidden City

This is our guide Helen in the black shirt!  Love her!

Notice all the people??!!  It was insane!!  So busy!

I added this because I love it!!

I’m guessing this is the chassis?  It looked and felt more like an a/c unit!

First “official” meal!!  It was delicious!!  Wow, who’s the lame-o and using a fork and knife in China?  🙂

Peking Duck!  Yes, I ate it!  Yes, it was good!!  We all tried new dishes today!  I was so proud of my family!

Rickshaw and Hutong Tour!

Local market!  Nope, I didn’t buy anything!!  🙂

Fresh Fish!!


Jeremy standing outside a Hutong home!  The owner is a Kung Fu teacher and was wonderful!!  He even made us Jasmine tea!!

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10 Responses
  1. rajeana says:

    oh my goodness! loooooove love love it! i am totally stalking y’all….lol…..seriously I AM! lol 🙂 love y’all to pieces! cherish all your days in your baby girls birth country! oh and by the way…i am so sorry if missy is corrupted when y’all get back home lol….she has figured out she is infact a dog, has 3 new doggie best friends, is fond of the kitty cat, loooooves isaiah (couldnt find her nowhere n found her snuggled up to isaiah in his bed and she wouldnt budge lol), uncle mark n josiah are spoilin her with walks n treats, oh and she says she wouldnt mind bringing slim jim home with her….slim jim is josiahs snake 😉 cant wait for more posts! i can finally rest since i got my fix of your updated blog! lol! love y’all muchos!

  2. TAMMY says:

    Glad your having a great time, My son Jonathan and Mossy would have loved to go to a Kung Fu masters home. See you soon

  3. whitney says:

    Awesome pics! This is super amazing!

  4. Chanda says:

    Hi! I found your blog from the DTC Winter group on Facebook! I’m excited to follow your journey because our first adopted daughter is from Shanxi (Jiaocheng SWI)! There is a great Children’s Park in Taiyuan that you will love! Congratulations!

  5. des says:

    Great update. Keep the interesting posts coming.

  6. Chastity Disinger says:

    Looks like a very pretty place and very educational. So glad that you guys got there safely and enjoying yourselves!!! Praying for a safe time while you are there and back home!!! Love you guys very much and can’t wait meet her!!! So happy for this blessing in your lives!!!!!! Have a great time there and keep the posts coming, because they are great and enjoy the pics you share!!!! Love you guys!!!!

  7. lacie stowers says:

    I’m stalking too! This is great! Sooo happy for you guys!

  8. Tina says:

    Keep enjoying your trip and thanks for sharing it with everyone. We can’t wait to meet our new neighbor!

  9. Elizabeth says:

    I am loving this! I am going to be seriously bugging you someday about all the travel details! Still praying!

  10. Tracy Baber says:

    Awesome to see the city from some one you know….sounds really fun and educational …. We already miss ya… Got your message to face time … I was in the shower… Anxious to see it work. Call again please. House is fine, flowers and pool the same . Talk to you soon

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