Cat and I left early to go to The Temple of Heaven, another one of Beijing's must sees. It was a pretty big park and definitely worth the money. There were quite a few things to see, and in the end I thought it was one of the better tourist attractions in Beijing.
|Map of the grounds|
|The long corridor|
|The Temple of Good Harvest|
|model of the main temple|
|Cat pointing out familiar Chinese characters|
|Echo wall where Cat was spilling out her Beijing sorrows.|
|On that little plateau lies once was believed to be the centre of the world|
|line up to stand in the centre.|
Photo Cred: Cat
|artist at work|
After the park, we went to the Pearl Market where I continued to buy the last of my souvenirs. Cat lead the way to a secret rooftop where you could get a great view of the park.
|Angel on a rooftop for her birthday. Could it get any better?|
Photo Cred: Cat
My plan was to head back home to shower, nap, and then prep for the events for the evening: Bitteapitta for dinner then Kokomo's for some rooftop dancing then Mix for some more dancing. Cat wanted some passion fruit drank at Xidan, so we went to get the drank and then headed back. We were walking back to the dorm when we ran into Tom, who came back from doing some grocery shopping. On our way back to the dorm, we saw Tanjin and Heys walking towards the station who said they were going to get some McDonald's for themselves and Kristie. Back at the dorm, Hayley visited our room asking about what time we were meeting tonight. Jac visited our room a little after Hayley asking about the itinerary as well. Just before meeting with the gang in the lobby, Cat wanted to pick up some resumes. We exited the elevator and headed towards the meeting room. I expected to see a tiny stack of papers but what I saw was a gazillion times better. In that little room, EVERYONE was there for a surprise party the girlies put together for my half birthday! I was greeted with a very special surprise and speechless was what I was when the door opened.
Putting it all together, Cat had the difficult job to put up with me for the whole day and keep me distracted while everyone was at the dorm prepping for the evening. On top of that, she gave me a sweet I <3 BJ shirt, as Tanjin and Kristie were modelling. Tom actually went out to buy some snacks for the party and my half birthday present. Tanjin and Heys didn't actually go to McDonald's to get food for themselves nor Kristie. They asked for Kristie's number to warn her and they were walking towards the subway station to pick up our friends who weren't familiar with the area. Hayley and Jack visited our room to actually get information, but the information they got from me wasn't the most accurate actually haha. Lastly, picking up resumes was just get to me the room.
|some of the pretty ladies in attendance|
|Cam teaching Kristie tai chi|
|aaah, you guys <3|
Paper chains that went all around the room, Alice in Wonderland pictures drawn by Sig, cute little notes everywhere.
|Papa John was in charge of the music =)|
|Presents! Pocket watch from Heys+Mona, Half a bottle of Heinz from Tom, Tabasco saaauce from Sig, 1/2 beer from Jack (he had 2 cans), flowers from Berney.|
Oh you guys know me too well.
|Poor Papa John cooling his face.|
|the cafeteria sure can cook.|
|They even got my birthday cake! Too spoiled.|
|My dysfunctional family and friends <3|
|Mix, expensive draanks|
I am certainly one hell of a lucky girl to be surrounded by people who care that much for you.
Thank you all for helping and coming out.
Special thank you to the sisters who organized this all.