Temples and shops and palaces, oh my.

Day 5 brought us to our last few sites in Beijing before our flight to Shanghai. We stopped by the Temple of Heaven, the Pearl Shop and the Summer Palace. At the Temple of Heaven during the winter solstice, the Ming and Qing emperors would perform rites and make sacrifices to Heaven praying for good…

One night in Beijing makes a hard man humble?

My first day in Beijing may be one of the longest days I have ever had in a country. 5:00am arrival with a 1:30am bed time that evening. Somehow, Kalindra and I managed to stay very busy! We arrived to the Traders Hotel┬áBeijing around 7:30am. Unfortunately, our room would not be ready until about 2:30pm…