We were blessed to be Mike and Kim’s wedding photographers last weekend in Seattle. Kadie spent Friday and Saturday entertaining Jenni’s parents while we enjoyed a date in Seattle the night before the wedding.
A little over a month ago, I read the last two chapters of Revelations and exhaled. While I missed my original target by two weeks, I still managed to finish the bible with my group in about five months. Funny, I thought, the book of Revelations wasn’t as hard to read through as I had imagined.
Our last stop for our China Trip was Hong Kong. We spent most of the time visiting family and friends rather than seeing sites. It was humbling to meet people who shared fond memories of my toddler years but I had no recollection of them.
We got most of the tourist attractions through the first half of our trip to China visiting parks, national monuments, and other famous places. Beijing and Huangshan had climates similar to the northwest. When we arrived in Shen Zhen, we were greeted with sticky humidity and Cantonese-speaking people.
My parents goals in our visit to China was to climb the Huangshan Mountains. They were a beautiful vista of rocky mountain tops that peeked out of a sea of clouds in the early morning. We had planned to see the sea of clouds, but we missed our flight out of Beijing and arrived a day later. While we missed that spectacle, when we did climb the mountains, we were greeted with sunshine, which didn’t happen very often.
My favorite memory of the Temple of Heaven was the line of people waiting to have their picture taken at one particular spot where the king stood and prayed. For a spot that is transcending and meditative, it has become loud and busy with people going one after another to get their snapshot taken, just like everyone else.
My parents are really interested in parks, as evident that we visited most of the major parks in Beijing. Bei Hai Park had a body of water nearby like the Summer Palace, but we didn’t have as much time to visit the whole park.
My family visited China in 2004 without me and I was jealous that I missed out on seeing the Great Wall of China. Thankfully, my parents were kind enough to take Jenni and I. I never realized that portions of the Great Wall had very steep inclines.