Our hotel room in Beijing with a picture window bathroom.
The Lake View Hotel was adjacent to Peking University.
On our way to The Great Wall, we stopped at the Ming Tombs. This is the resting place of 13 of the 16 Ming emperors. Terry in front of one of the Ming tombs.
Terry looking over the Ming tombs which are about 50 Km north west of Beijing.
The view from the top of one of the Ming tombs.
A very old tree with roots coming out of the stones.
Cai Qing helping Terry navigate the steep stairs from the top of one of the tombs.
Terry and Qing posing on the way down from the tomb.
Terry and Qing at the base of the tomb.
Eunice in front of a stone turtle inside one of the halls.
Terry and Eunice admiring the flowers in front of the Ming Tomb.
Cai Qing in front of the flowers in the courtyard of a Ming Tomb.
A view of a section of The Great Wall as seen from the highway.
A view of the wall taken from the bus window. This section of the wall is at Badaling, about 70 km northwest of Beijing.
A performing black bear, one of many who live near the entrance to the Great Wall, Badaling section.
The bear performs for food while his companions rest in the midday heat.
Riding the train up to the Great Wall.
Terry enjoys the ride.
We arrive at the Wall.
Terry on the Wall along with many other tourists.
Qing, Terry, and Eunice walk the Great Wall.
Eunice and Terry on the Wall.
Qing on the Wall. She kindly carried our bag as we "old folks" needed both hands to hold on to the railing in the steep sections.
The wall snakes along the crest of the mountains.
Another view of the wall.
We have to hold on the the side to keep from sliding back down as we climb a steep section.
Terry stops to rest.
We made it to the top (of this section) but but decided not to try the highest part that you can see in the background.
The guards used to slept in the square towers while waiting for Mongol invaders.
Here we are again.
We took a lot of pictures of us on the wall.
Note the wall weaving around and up the mountain in back of us.
If you look closely you can see people on the wall over Terry's shoulder.
Eunice has wanted to see the Great it Wall since she read about it in elementary school.
A tribute to Chairman Mao near the wall. Chairman Mao's quote on the stone is “If you climb the wall, you are a true hero” and vendors were near by selling “Hero Certificates” to tourists.
On the ride back, we passed through the Olympic Village in Beijing. The black building on the right is the Media building.
We stopped at a silk factory. Eunice looks at how a silk quilt is made at a stop on the tour back from the Wall.
Eunice and Qing examine the silk layers of the quilt “stuffing”.
On returning to Urbana Professor Zhang came to our house to look at our photos from China.
Professor Zhang was very helpful in giving us more information on the places we visited.