2015 Beijing Day 5: Temple of Heaven, Home

Day 5 – The End of Our Adventure

We could hardly believe that it was the last day of our amazing trip to Beijing. After our final buffet breakfast, we participated in morning exercises and games at the park surrounding the Temple of Heaven. There we rotated through traditional Chinese activities: taiji, devil sticks, yoyo, Kungfu, and rope skipping. Afterward, we walked through the park amongst the colorful trees of autumn, passing by many people socializing with card games, knitting, and dancing.  We stopped to admire the vibrantly colored Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests. This structure, built on three levels of marble stone base, is completely wooden but with no nails! We took advantage of the colorful backdrop by taking some final group photos there.

Our last day in Beijing was soon coming to an end. We spent an hour bargaining for souvenirs in the Pearl Market, then enjoyed a delicious Italian lunch before heading back to the airport. On the buses, we had time to reflect on all of our experiences of the last week, the fun we had together, and our strengthened friendships. Thankfully, our airport check-in and flight were uneventful. We were very happy to land back in Hong Kong to be reunited with our families and share stories, photos, and gifts.

Thank you, everyone, for a great Beijing PEAK trip! Remember to look back for more photos later!  We’ll post more as we gather photos from all the leader’s cameras.





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