On Saturday, I went to the National Museum of China, an absolutely gigantic building next to Tiananmen Square that contains thousands of artifacts from ancient China. They also had an interesting exhibit on how China regained its prominence after being dominated by foreign powers during the Opium Wars, and it was fascinating to hear the story from its point of view. Click on some of the pictures of the signs below — the way they describe the Communist Party is interesting.
Afterward, we were able to climb Tiananmen (the Gate of Heavenly Peace), which afforded a nice view of Tiananmen Square.
Today I am just doing homework in my apartment, but I think I’ll bake some cookies later this afternoon too!
Next Sunday morning we are leaving for our week-long trip to rural Shanxi province, so I’m not sure if I’ll be able to do another blog post until after that.