October 10th, 2009

We had a great day of sightseeing.  I had acupuncture this morning…I only have two left…and then we headed downtown Qingdao to see a few more sights before going home next week.  Our first stop was the oldest Buddhist Temple in Qingdao.  It was very cool.  We participated in a Buddhist prayer ritual while we were there. 


We actually got stopped by a Buddhist monk who asked if he could take our picture and said that Gracie was the most beautiful girl in China.  She was very proud.  We learned a lot and it was very impressive. 


Next we visited the only Catholic Church and Christian Church in Qingdao.  They were beautiful.  We were unable to go inside the Catholic Church because of a wedding. 


We went up in the bell tower of the Christian Church and got this incredible picture of a light house. 



We spent some time walking around the city just to experience the culture and while walking by a primary school we discovered that they were having class.  We lifted Gracie up so she could see inside the window as they were having music class.  Michael, our guide, explained that due to the long holiday they just celebrated in China, the children had to go to school on Saturday to make up some of their missed time.  Gracie didn’t think that sounded like much fun! 

Gracie really wanted to go to McDonald’s for lunch.  She has heard so much about it from the other children in the hospital and now she thinks it is cool that she has been to McDonald’s in two different countries.  I decided that after a morning of filling her little mind with culture we could fill her little tummy with a big mac. 

 We also went to a Castle.   I forget how many flights of stairs we climbed.  Gracie said she would like to live in a castle but she wouldn’t want to clean it.  I had to agree.  We went out on a deck at the top, and we could see a wedding out on the water. 



Our last stop was a four-star hotel where we visited the 25th floor to see the view in a rotating restaurant.  We got some amazing photos and had a great time.




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  • 1. ranchgirl_19992004@yahoo.com  |  October 11th, 2009 at 3:03 am

    i am glad to hear of your progress that is great and not to many days and you are on your way home yeah

  • 2. Mary Pirnie  |  October 11th, 2009 at 8:13 am

    Great photos, and wonderful tales of your time in China! Eager to see more photos after you’re home again. I’ve really enjoyed reading this, Shanan. Now it’s count-down time!! Have a safe journey home, and hope to see you soon! Love, Mary

  • 3. Rhonda Marti  |  October 11th, 2009 at 9:33 am

    Thank You for sharing your journey -love the pictures you post -they are great!!
    Have a safe trip home. Hi to your mom and Gracie!!

    Dennis and Rhonda

  • 4. christine b  |  October 11th, 2009 at 11:57 am

    Hi Be ready for the cold weather when you get home. Such an adventure you have been onl. I really have enjoyed reading your blog and also seeing the pictures. Safe trip home. christine

  • 5. Cheri Lindquist  |  October 14th, 2009 at 1:50 am

    What a spectacular day!! You all have experienced so much culture and historic beauty! And what a wonderful compliment to be told that your daughter was the most beautiful girl in China…that would have made me cry! Such beautiful Churches, and people…you really have showed us how thoughtful and caring the Chinese are. It’s nice to hear that there are wonderful people in the world! See you soon,

    Cheri :)


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