Saturday, December 28, 2013

Beijing - Part 4

Hi everyone! How have you been? I trust you've been enjoying a lovely, blessed Christmas season. I know we have, praise the Lord! In the past few weeks, I've experienced mightily God's faithfulness and goodness in my life -- genuine miracles as I step out in faith. In this wonderful time of the year, I pray that the Lord bless you
and keep you; the Lord make His face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace :)

And now -- the last chapter of our Beijing saga! I realise that the Christmas week meant many of us were busy with family and friends, and Blogland was quieter than usual. If you missed the third part of our trip, you can find it here -- do have a looksie; I consider China's royal places some of its most beautiful areas.

In comparison, this last post on the subject will be a bit more mundane, as the picture at top should tell you haha! That's Wumart -- yep, Beijing's version of Walmart! We enjoyed shopping here very much -- in much the same way many of us enjoy shopping at Walmart (hey, well I do). We got loads of cheap stationery and Chinese books here.

The second floor of Wumart is the supermarket. There were lots of interesting produce which we don't get at home, like these fish. I think they're largehead hairtail, which can grow to over two metres -- if they had the chance.

Seaweed -- yum!

And yeah, you know how they say everybody loves fried chicken wings? Well, this way you can have them any time you want!

And while you're at it, have some chicken feet too!

There's Rebecca's Blythe dolly Isadora watching Mars Attacks! in the hotel with us (well, right there it's Tom Jones attacks). Incidentally, Becky has been blogging about Isadora's adventures in Beijing -- have a looksie here!

Outside the Beijing Museum of Natural History. The place has improved dramatically since I was last there, with many fascinating exhibits. I was glad the kids were always enthusiastic about all the places we visited.

Me taking a picture of an animatronic dinosaur, just one of many in an impressive re-creation of prehistoric life. He is cute, yes?

It was a truly educational visit.

An interesting house en route. I don't think it's abandoned.

Climbing up to the Temple of Heaven. This complex of religious buildings was built from 1406 to 1420; it was visited by Ming and Qing Emperors for annual prayer ceremonies. The place is huge, about 660 acres.

Inside the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests. It is apparently located at the exact point where heaven and earth meet. The wooden pillars of all the halls support the ceiling without any nails or cement.

At the airport on our way home. There's Ro with Isadora.

It was a wonderful time of family bonding.

See you again soon! Here's wishing all of you a beautiful, prosperous, blessed new year!

* More pictures here :)


Libby said...

(Belated) Merry Christmas and wishing you and yours a very Happy New Year!

Looks like you all really enjoyed your trip. So many wonderful sites. I love Asian markets and love the fresh produce. You know there are an abundance of chicken wings here and feet too (where I live), although packaged very differently. lol

Again, Happy New Year!

Anonymous said...

what an amazing trip, adventures never to be forgotten, Happy Holidays and a wonderful New Year to you!

AntiquityTravelers said...

I hope this comment sticks! Trying to post while traveling. I am loving your China trip series -so much fun to see your adventures. Seems you and the girls had a fantastic time! Hope you've had a wonderful Christmas my friend

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

What an incredible trip! I love the posts you've put together for it, and the photos you've shared. It must have been an amazing adventure for all of you; something you'll never forget! Peace and joy for 2014!

Audrey said...

Wumart! How funny. I'm not a very adventurous eater AND I'm vegetarian so those food items made me queasy. Chicken feet? Blah. Anyway, I've really enjoyed your travel posts....especially ones of you and the girls. I'm glad you all had such a good time!!! Happy 2014 to you!!! XOXO

Magic Love Crow said...

Excellent photos! What a great trip all of you had! Many blessings for a fantastic 2014 ;o) Big Hugs ;o)

Poppy Miau said...

nice post!
maybe we can follow each other? let me know! C:

The Dainty Dolls House said...

Excellent pictures doll. You all look so happy and wonderful. Am glad you had a great time. I like this house of prayer, that is very interesting, I would like to see that one day!! I hope the New Year is a blessed on for you and filled with great times and love!! Xxx

Unknown said...

Glad to see you all had such a wonderful experience. Have a happy new year.

Miss Val's Creations said...

What a adventure! The grocery section of Wumart looks quite different from Walmart's in the U.S. I have never seen a Blythe doll in person but see all the cute clothes on Etsy. I always thought the doll was much smaller but now I see with Ro how big Blythe actually is!

Jane Chérie said...

Happy New Year to you too! Thank you for sharing so much from your trip to Beijing!

Debbie Nolan said...

Dear Jan - wishing you a late Merry Christmas...took time to read your last posts about Beijing - wow the great wall of China is fabulous. It was wonderful to see it through your eyes. Thank you for sharing. It is so amazing I can't imagine something stretching for 5000 miles and being over 2000 years old. Hope you have a beautiful New Year. Take care and sending you hugs!

Erika Beebe said...

What a wonderful and blessed trip for you and the family! I enjoy the pictures very much and how you share so much of your sweet heart with us. Hugs sweet friend and Happy Holidays. :)

Birdie said...

Thanks for sharing. A place I will likely never see unless I hit it big int he lottery that I never buy tickets for.

Almost Precious said...

Lovely post ! :)
Hope you had a wonderful and blessed Christmas and may the New Year be rich with good health, abundant with joy and love and may prosperity be most plentiful. Happy 2014. :)

Jo said...

Travel post!!! My favourite. I've not been on my laptop for long enough to be viewing blog for the whole month of December.

I hope you enjoy yourself wherever you are! Happy new year to you and may 2014 be an awesome one for you and your loved ones.

Unknown said...

great post.
wish you a successful 2014
wanna follow each other via gfc and bloglovin

Unknown said...

What a beautiful prayer! I love your photos. And Wumart--so interesting. I don't think my kiddos would eat the seafood very well :) Happy New Year!

My Garden Diaries said...

Your trip sounded and looked so interesting! What I would do to see those fascinating temples! And like I said before what an amazing experience for your girls! They are too adorable in that shot where they are hugging! Many blessings to you and your sweet family in the year ahead! Happy New Year! Nicole

willowday said...

I'm really looking your travel series! So fascinating to travel from my own chair, right here in Sweden! Happy wishes to you all!


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