Thursday, September 26, 2013

September Visitors

Jeanie and brother, Andy
Zhujiajiao Canal Town

We are blessed to have so many of you come and visit us this year in China.  We started the first three weeks of September with visitors.

Ken and Andy in scholar's room
First, Jeanie's brother Andy was able to stop by Shanghai on the way back from a ministry conference in the Philippines.  He even got to speak  at the Living Waters group that is starting at our Shanghai Christian Fellowship.  He also spoke at  our church's Sunday night lecture series.  We had so much fun bike riding around Shanghai and exploring the city together.

Zigzag bridge in garden
We  took a short trip to one of the many canal towns just outside of Shanghai.  Zhujiajiao is a charming village  of Ming and Qing dynasty alleys, bridges, and old town architecture.
Church nuns and Andy
 Catholic Church of Ascension

Sunset on Zhujiajiao Canal Town

After Andy's visit, our friend Joan, from Portland, Oregon came to visit for two weeks. We had a great weekend in Beijing.  We first went to the Summer Palace,  the imperial summer retreat, just north of the Forbidden City.  The palace grounds, temples, gardens, lakes and bridges are an amazing site.

Jeanie and Joan at Summer Palace,

Ken at the Summer Palace
We walk the Long Corridor, more
than 14,000 paintings displayed

Joan at the Big Red Door, Beijing
17 Arch Bridge on Kunming Lake, Summer Palace

Joan at one of the Wall's many towers

Great hike on Great Wall
We had the opportunity to hike the Great Wall one more time.  This trip, we hiked the Mutianyu starting point, about 1.5 hours north of Beijing.  We took a chair lift up, hiked for 2-3 hours, then came down on the toboggan!

Joan on the chair lift up to the Great Wall trail
Ken enjoys being back at the Great Wall

J and J at the Wall
Tobaggan ride down!
Joan and Jeanie enjoy their Sihe Courtyard Hotel,
"Lord, teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom."
Psalm 90:12

Next Time:  Dragon Back Rice Terraces and Mystical Mountains of Guangxi