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Beijing; The Capital of China

Friday night we headed out for Beijing on the five hour bullet train to the capitol city of China. From the train station we drove with our hired van driver to our hutong (residential alley) hotel. Janae and I grabbed some hilarious Chinese churros and then went to sleep.

ISA-HS students Lily, Finlay, and Janae in a bamboo garden in China.

Saturday morning everyone was up bright and early, eating some street food before jumping in the van to head off to Mutianyu Great Wall segment. Christian, Janae and I hiked up to the farthest part of the segment, which was hot, sweaty, and steep but 100% worth it. The view was unbelievably gorgeous, with the whole misty forest going on forever below us. After a hilarious toboggan ride down, we headed to the Summer Palace. Although the summer palace was very hot, we got to take a refreshing boat ride across the Kunming Lake to see a breathtaking view of the palace. I also made friends with this adorable 2-year-old girl sitting next to me, who was from Xinjiang Province and visiting Hangzhou with her mom. She looked quite confused when I started to speak Chinese.

– The above post was contributed by Finaly Scanlon, who went to Beijing on a weekend excursion with ISA High School when she was studying abroad in Shanghai, China in 2014.

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