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.