UD-NSLIY Visited the Great Wall and the “Bird’s Nest” in Beijing

For thirty participants of the NSLIY program, riding a five-hour high speed train (average speed 185 miles per hour) from Shanghai to Beijing marked another eye-opening experience for them. They arrived at Beijing around 11 o’clock in the morning on August 10. The group will spend the last few days in Beijing before they come back to the United States.

In the afternoon, they visited the Wangfujing Streets, one of the capital’s most famous shopping streets.

In the morning on August 11, the group departed for the Great Wall. The participants all learned a famous poem by Chairman Mao Zedong: “One is not a true man until he or she gets to the Great Wall”. Upon arrival at the foot of the Great Wall, all participants got very excited and all climbed up to the top and hence claimed that they were all “true men”!

Juyongguan Pass of the Great Wall

The Great Wall

True Women! 🙂

In the afternoon, the group visited the “Bird’s Nest”, the Beijing National Stadium, home stadium of the 2008 Summer Olympics and Paralympics. They wrapped up the day trip with a shopping session in the most famous shopping district in Beijing, the Xiu Shui Street (Silk Street). Good prices and a variety of selections made the day for the participants.

The Bird’s Nest

Shopping in the Silk Market.