How to Toboggan Down the Great Wall of China

Sorry that it has been so long since my last blog. It’s not easy to find spare time these days! Between teaching, homework, exploring, and sleeping, I have little time to do anything else.

These last couple of weeks have been great! I can’t believe all of the things that we have gotten to do and how fast time is going. On April 3rd Alyssa and I had a great opportunity; we got to go to Beijing for five days! It was fantastic! I have never seen such a beautiful place! I expected everything to be dirty and the traffic to be really bad, but it wasn’t. Even though it was cold, the skies were blue and I actually got a sun tan!

The greatest part was going to the Great Wall. I can’t believe that I was actually standing on it! We were there for probably four hours and we only covered a very small piece of it! If you ever go to the Great Wall I suggest you do what we did and toboggan to the bottom. It was like a giant slide from the top of the wall to the bottom; both Alyssa and I couldn’t believe how fun it was!

We also saw some very strange things in Beijing. For example: starfish, seahorses, and scorpions on sticks to eat, cotton candy bigger than our heads, and even though there were foreigners everywhere, people still wanted to take pictures with us. We went to many beautiful places while we were there, including Tiananmen Square, The Forbidden City, The Temple of Heaven, The Summer Palace, and The Great Wall. Not to mention that we were very close to the busiest shopping street in Beijing, Wangfujing Street. Walking around, I noticed that Beijing might be the safest place in the world to walk down the street. Police, military, and security guards are everywhere. On top of that, every couple of feet there are surveillance cameras to watch what is going on in the streets.

Some of the crazy food that we saw in Beijing!

Some of the crazy food that we saw in Beijing!

Really big and really yummy cotton candy!

Really big and really yummy cotton candy!

It was hard to leave Beijing because everything was so beautiful. We started right into classes the next day and went back to our regular daily life. At the orphanage, we had a great time one day playing with bubbles. It still surprises me how content the children are with whatever they have. They are always kind and they are always willing to try and communicate with us. We have also been teaching our classes American dances. Our latest dance has been the “Cupid Shuffle”, which the students actually enjoy a lot.

Blowing bubbles at the orphanage

Blowing bubbles at the orphanage

One of the many classes that I teach!

One of the many classes that I teach!

I can’t believe that we only have a little more than a month left here! Well that’s all for now!


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About the author

Barbara Simon

Hi, my name is Barbara and I’m currently a sophomore at Jamestown Community College. This semester I decided to spend my time in China teaching English. My future goal is to teach and this will be a great experience!