Visiting Arnold in Beijing

Yesterday Megan and I went to Beijing to visit one of her former students from Changchun.  Arnold now lives in Beijing and is the general manager of a shopping mall.  For lunch we ate some dishes I’ve never eaten before.  My favorite dish was an old favorite though – Peking Duck.  Why don’t we eat duck in America?  It’s da’ diggity bomb!  After lunch Arnold and his driver took us to a couple famous temples nearby.  One temple we went to was Cudrania Pool Temple (Tanzhe Si).  It is the largest and oldest temple in Beijing.  This Buddhist complex is big time ancient (third century) and is decorated with dragons as well as other mythical animal sculptures.  Locals may come here in hopes of rain during droughts.  Trees are located here that some believe will cure women of sterility.  My old nature wants to poke fun, but it’s really a sad thing.  Check out pictures of our trip on Megan’s website.  
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