Day three: The Temple of Heaven and the Olympic Sports Center

Today I woke up feeling super sick… Nauseated and faint. 

And after picking at my breakfast, I thought I’d be down for the count. 

Luckily, Jonathan’s mom brought a whole bag full of medicines that could cure anything from a head ache to a stomach bug. Two pills and one apple later and I was feeling back to my good old self. 

When we stepped outside, we were greeted by a fresh layer of snow. I felt so lucky I had on: 2 pairs of socks, 2 pairs of pants (thermals and jeans), 3 shirts (long sleeve, sweatshirt and sweater), my winter coat, gloves, hat and scarf. 

We headed to the subway to make way to the temple of heaven. Beijing’s Subway is pretty useful in that it covers a really huge area. There are more than 15 lines to get you where you need to go. 

We exited the metro at the Eastern Gate, and it was a strait walk to the temple. The snow added a sort of tranquility to the scene I don’t think I would have gathered without it. 

Being the low season, it wasn’t that crowded and we were able to get around the grounds easily. 

The temple itself is awesome. It is one of four temples. The others being the Temple of the Sun in the east, the Temple of the Moon in the west and the Temple of the Earth in the south. 

We wandered around the site, and peeked into the other buildings. They held different vessels used in ceremonies performed at the temple. 

After freezing our butts off, we decided to move on. We hopped back on the subway bound for the Olympic Sports Complex.

In 2008, the summer Olympics were in Beijing. The bird nest, pictured above, was a stadium built especially for the Olympics. 

It gets its name for the weave like appearance of its metal outside and was designed by Ai Weiwei. 

The stadium is mostly unused today, but had plenty of tourists (including ourselves) there to get a picture with a structural wonder. 

We got a tour of the grounds from a guy in a golf cart, who showed us the torch and where the Olympic athletes stayed while participating. 

After our tour we headed back to our Airbnb to check out and make our way to the airport. 

Tonight we head to Xi’an… Terra-cotta Army here we come! 


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