Day 2 in Beijing, China was a success! We still have all 13 students and Kent and Cheryl seem to still like us all ;)
We had an early start to the day and drove to the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall! After taking a chair lift to the wall we got a couple hours to explore. The stairs were laughably steep and the hike was long but the views were breathtaking and worth the (very) sore legs the next day! We estimated that we climbed to around 270 feet in elevation and a total of about 63 flights of stairs. But if getting to climb the Great Wall of China wasn't exciting enough, we got the opportunity to slide down it on toboggans! So much fun!
Climbing the Great Wall caused us to work up quite the appetite so we all headed to a local restaurant down the street for lunch! It was delicious; I think we all can say that the green beans were the best dish! We figured that the guys must have had enough of us girls for the morning because they all decided to sit at their own table! Ha! ;)
After lunch we headed to the 798 District to check out some local art! The area was very urban, reminding us of a place we might find in New York. After touring the art district we learned that (similar to America) the weirder the art, the better; we saw several interesting and unique statues, sculptures, paintings and photographs! We even found a store dedicated to cow art, "Cow Parade Park," which had several different statues of cows in a various costumes as well as the history of cattle!