Not many of the group made breakfast this morning! For those that did,
it was a sight to behold - sausages, bacon, fresh coffee, croissants,
fruit ...the list goes on. After this feast and rather than taking an
organised tour, a small group of us decided to spend the day visiting
temples. First on the list was The Temple of Heaven. Not only did it
gave us beautiful architecture and scenery, but an insight into the
Chinese way of life. The park surrounding the temple was teeming with
ballroom dancing, Tai Chi, flute players, yoga plus some modern hip
hop. An hour later, having given a few of these past times a go we
finally reached the Temple of prayer for good harvest. the afternoon
involved a visit to the Lama Temple and Temple dedicated to Confucius.
After some shopping we prepared for our celebratory meal. I ended up
giving a short speech to thank our guide so put my poetry head on and
delivered the following verse's:
A wall to discover
A tour like no other
wit a guide who treats us
like his sister or brother
7 days ago you welcomed us
to fabulous Beijing
with facts, wisdom and a
"let the adventure begin"
It's been exciting and at times frightening
as I recall Cara's fall
as we follow your lead
on that magnificent wall
You gave anecdotes and history
but I am afraid some of it was
lost in translation
we now know "basic" means "luxury"
whilst "easy day" means "quite hard"
Wall catcher advice
you seemed to discard
"Go slowly", "hold here"
not Mr Rodger nonstop
I turn my head
and he is there at the top
On a serous note however
With out you - it would have taken a while
you motivated, you inspired
with your humour and your smile
Now with one day left
and before we depart
we would all like to thanks you
from the depths of our heart!