Just a quick post before dinner to let you all know that we've arrived safe and sound in Beijing! It took just over 27 hours, a car ride, three flights and a bus ride to get here. It seemed like one long day. Flying west over Alaska, the sun never set during our 12.5 hour flight. We managed to catch a couple of hours of sleep a couple of different times and arrived just exhausted. Luckily that meant we were able to sleep soundly when we went to bed at what would have been 11:00 in the morning.
Today we toured Tianamen Square and the Forbidden City. We had an authentic (?) Chinese lunch and visited a silk factory. We then took the Hutong tour, including rickshaw rides and a visit in a resident's home. We capped off the day by watching the Acrobat Show. Now we're off to find Mickey D's for a taste of home. We'll post more later.