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Parents- Day 3- Tiantan (Temple of Heaven)

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I'm a treehugger!

Another leisurely morning, no reason to get up really early.  So after a homecooked breakfast, we were off to Tiantan (Temple of Heaven).  We took the subway since it's easy, just line 1 to line 5.  I forgot to bring my camera, though I did get some shots with my phone.  Plus I'd taken so many when I was there with Jan last month.  At the Temple, I'd "asked" a man if he'd like me to take a picture of him with his family, so I did.  And we got ours taken in return!  Not bad for language barriers!  Then he "asked" me if I could take a picture of him with my parents, and we obliged.  After a little more exploration, it was time to sit down for a break.  In the meantime, a random guy sat down next to my dad, slung an arm around his shoulders and it was picture time.

Me being a treehugger!
  In the US, that'd be cause for some shouting, at the least. 

The rest of the day was uneventful as we walked around the park.  The weather was beautiful, and there was enough for us to see and do to really make it a worthwhile day out.  After Tiantan, we went across the street to Hongqiao market.  My grandmother had asked for a silk scarf, and I thought that was a good a place as any since I didn't want to take them to the Silk Market.  The scarves were easy enough to find since they were on the first floor.  After finding a booth with a suitable selection, it was a task to find a scarf for her.  But we eventually found one (and I found one for me).  Dad left me to negotiate a price, and they still weren't done showing us scarves!  Pushy, almost to my limit.
The wayward travelers taking a break.
  But we walked away with two scarves, and it was off to find teasets (I wanted one).  The second floor was clothes and accesories, and we got mobbed by purse pushers.  That's why I don't like these markets, I find them way too stressful.  Third floor, after a little searching, found teasets, chopsticks, etc.  After a careful walkthrough, I didn't see anything I really liked, so I didn't buy anything.  And then it was the decent back through the purse pushers and on down to the first floor.  From Hongqiao, it was to Dongdaqiao Lu (via Chaoyangmen) to Mexican Wave (see review). 

We were going to take a taxi home, but couldn't find one.  So we ended up walking from Mexican Wave home (in stages).  And then it was a quiet night in since the next was...*drumroll* Great Wall at Simatai!

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Im a treehugger!
I'm a treehugger!
Me being a treehugger!
Me being a treehugger!
The wayward travelers taking a bre…
The wayward travelers taking a br…
Mom & me being treehuggers!
Mom & me being treehuggers!
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me at the Circular Mound
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