It has been another long day filled with an assortment of sight-seeing and transportation. We began the day with a visit to Slender West Lake in Yangzhou. We saw beautiful gardens showcasing a lake that was complimented with Chinese bridges, pagodas, and other cultural structures.
The park was landscaped in a colorful array of flowers, accented by hundreds of delicate white butterflies hovering around the blooms. We fed white pigeons who were very friendly as they swooped up on the arms and head of anyone who had bird food in their hand. The morning was quite warm but well worth the sweat as we enjoyed the beauty of the park.
We journeyed back to Yangzhou University for our final meal on campus, then boarded a bus for the Nanjing Airport, about 1.5 hours away.
We arrived at Beijing this evening, flying into a city filled with bright lights. To our surprise, it was cool outside, quite a switch from the earlier heat in Yangzhou. Alice met us at the airport, and will be our guide in Beijing. Harrison traveled with us, and will continue to be our leader until the end of the trip. We checked into the hotel and then everyone headed for their rooms.
We are excited to begin touring Beijing tomorrow. For now, good night to our families and friends!