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Sunday, August 12, 2007

The Great Wall

This evening was an awesome experience for me. We hiked up to a remote location of the Great Wall that was just amazingly beautiful. It took about an hour to get up and an hour to get down – both routes very steep. After exploring for a bit at the top of the wall it started raining and lightning and we had to take cover in one of the lookout towers. On our way down it got dark quickly, and we got a bit lost and ended up in the corn field of a small farming village. Fortunately the locals not only directed us to our car, but recommended a nice little restaurant that was literally in someone’s house.

Here’s the photo album, and a video compilation of the hike (~56mb, right-click to save)! Enjoy.

posted by Jesse at 10:59 am  

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Beijing: Episode 1 Day 6

I had the opportunity to relax today and see the countryside outside the city. I was very suprised to observe that Beijing’s relative cleanliness and organization extended to the outlying areas, with modern infrastructure and facilities. The landscape was beautiful, and while driving through the mountains I felt a lot like I was back in California heading up to Big Bear for a summer outing.

I was excited to be able to attend a worship service at my friends’ church, which was seeing the baptism of 9 people (including one of our employees) in the river. When we arrived in the mountains we had lunch together while we waited for the pastors to find a good spot for the ceremony. Apparently a lot of people are coming to Christ in China because of the lessened restrictions on personal freedoms. I think this is great, and the people here are truly passionate and hungry for God.

After the service a few of us headed for the Great Wall!

posted by Jesse at 10:45 am  

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Beijing: Episode 1 Day 5

Another looooong day, but it was capped off with a nice team dinner at the studio. It was good to spend time with some of the artists talking about non-work stuff. They really are a great tight-knit group and really like being together. I look forward to the opportunity to work with them more and more. Check out some video here (12mb, right-click to save).

Tomorrow several team members are taking me to Huairou District, which is in the northeast of Beijing. It’s mostly mountains and countryside, with a nice lake. We are going for a church service and baptism of one of the artists here at the studio. It’s also pretty close to the Great Wall, so we might swing by while we’re over there. Heh… “Let’s swing by the Great Wall on our way home”. That’s funny. Anyway, I’m very happy to get out of the city and see what it’s like.

posted by Jesse at 9:05 am  

Friday, August 10, 2007

Beijing: Episode 1 Day 4

It’s been foggy most mornings when I wake up but I decided to take some pictures out my window anyway. I got up a little early today so I skipped breakfast and went straight to the studio. I knew Serena would probably have some boba tea for me since she’s awesome. I was right – she had TWO for me. Cantalope and Pawaw (whatever that is). The cantalope is my new favorite!

I have walked to work every day which has been really great. It’s so close to the studio. There are a few interesting sights on the way, including this large tablet structure which has both ancient and modern Chinese writing. Pretty cool! After I pass this thing I’m nearly at the subway platform, which I have to walk up and through. Today I happened to be walking by just as a train was passing below me.

I’m actually working tomorrow. I’m not sure how much time I’ll have for sight-seeing while I’m here because there is so much to do. As much as I want to enjoy myself, this trip is all about work! But on a brighter note, at least I’m not forced to ride around in this:

Take that, India… China with the smallest, weirdest, self-propelled deathtrap-of-a-vehicle for teh win!

posted by Jesse at 8:52 am  

Thursday, August 9, 2007

Beijing: Episode 1 Day 3

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Today after work I was invited over to a friend’s house for a classic Chinese dinner: dumplings! They were hand-made, and after a few tries I even helped roll a few myself. The food was really amazing! Check out the videos:

Makin’ Dumplings

Chinese Dinner

posted by Jesse at 9:10 am  
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