[posted on behalf of Abby D.]
We have arrived and we are all doing well! We did need to get our temperatures taken on the plane to determine if we were swine flu risks, and three of our teachers were checked again in the airport, but we were all deemed fine! An afternoon arrival meant that some of us rested before dinner and some took exploratory walks on and around Wangfujing Street, a very busy shopping district. Mike, Helen and Anne O. were among the adventurous who checked out the area near our hotel. Fern and Jeanne noticed a cluster of hutongs nearby and wondered if these traditional homes would be destroyed to make way for more modern buildings, or if they might be spared and maintained as historically significant structures. Time will tell.
Today we will climb the Great Wall, which we are all very excited about. Please note: we are having some technical difficulties which may delay the posting of new information. We'll do our best, however, to get this blog updated.
Photo: group dinner in Beijing