since this was not a leisure vacation, I was bummed to miss it all...but we did see a lot!
What we DID see in Beijing!
we did see schools, homes, offices, apartments and taxis
we did see references of America...and tee shirts that mean "I love Beijing" but if you wore it in America it would mean something very, very different
we did see lanterns...
... at the Lantern Festival
we did see Chinese architecture
we did see disgusting things on menus
we did see beautiful lights everywhere
we did see Christmas decorations...everywhere...in Febraury
we did see construction that has never, ever heard of OSHA
we did see smog, lots of smog
we did see Tiananmen Square
we did see blue sky (for one short day)
we did see lots of "authentic" name brand items
we did see cool shopping malls with giant screens~ this is Sanlitun village that has an adidas store, nike store and apple store~ that building in the back "Sanlitun Soho" is the apartment building I fell in love with (more info on that to follow)
finally, we did see American expats living, thriving and loving it in Beijing
Stay tuned for another school and tours of all the homes and apartments we toured!