Today, we toured from 8am until 6pm. We started at the Jade Factory, where we saw the men carving the jade and we toured a very large store.
We then headed to the Great Wall. I actually climbed to the top of the hardest side, carrying 33 lbs. of Zoe! At the top, we met our friends the Brentnall's, from Newfoundland and took some photos with them. David is a family physician, so he and Tim took some photos with the Medical Post at the top. We have one more Emergency Doctor in the group with us and hope to get some photos of all three of them together yet.
After the Great Wall, we went to the Cloisonne Factory for lunch and more shopping. We drove by the Water Cube and the Bird's Nest on the way back to the hotel.
Once back at the hotel, we met with the tailor to measure for a suit for Tim. We used our room as a meeting place for people to come and place orders and be fitted. The girls had a lot of fun with all the other children.
Zoe is doing really well. She is testing more and more and gets sulky when disciplined, but listens fairly well. She is still fairly pushy and aggressive, but is learning... She yammers away in Mandarin and it is really cute. She and one other little girl had a full conversation tonight, but none of us knew what they were saying! Lilah is still handling everything well too. We have to remind her to talk properly and not copy the bad behavior, so that Zoe can learn. They are constantly copying each other.
We are still stared at all the time. Especially because we have two, but many people think Zoe is a boy because of her short hair. They ask our guides if they are twins. People are very positive all the way around. In the Chengdu airport, I felt like a celebrity! Tim came back from getting the tickets to see me posing with many people and their children for photos!