The trip was more arduous than I expected but I managed to traverse Tiananmen Square & Forbidden City, walked up the 250 of the 800 steps of the Great Wall with arrival jet lag (I have the walking stick to prove it; made in China). Survived the high pitch of the Beijing Opera using a little secret; I wore ear plugs:)
I walked my way up to the Panda Sanctuary which had three adorable baby pandas on display.
Next spent 3 days on a Yangtze River cruise ship. Visited a family displaced by the Three Gorges Dam, went to see the Gorges and one hanging coffin in the steep cliff.
Coming home I traveled through three airports, crossed over a date line and changed several times zones but over 24 hours later I arrived home.
There's no place like home!!