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Parents- Day 5- Chaoyang Park

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I know, Chaoyang Park isn’t a major tourist attraction in Beijing.  We’d already done the Great Wall and the Forbidden City, the Zoo is planned for tomorrow, and the Summer Palace just seems too difficult to get to.  Plus, I was the tourguide and I wanted to go to the Park.  So after another leisurely morning, we finally headed off to the Park.  We took a taxi since it was easiest.  We got dropped out at the South Gate, got our 5 RMB tickets and went inside.

We did a lot of wandering around, and we went inside the Sony ExploraScience center.  It was so much fun!!  There was a lot in there, from light to sound waves.
  They had stuff in English, so we were able to understand, plus the staff spoke varying degrees of English too, which helped a lot.  In the end, we got a picture of ourselves with our names on it as a souvenir.  

I’m sometimes easily amused.  So what?

After that, it was more wandering around.  I was thinking about bungee jumping, but the thing looked inaccessible and closed.  So at the cherry blossoms, it was photo op time.  So after being an impromptu model, we kept walking until we found some 5-on-5 soccer matches that we watched for a few minutes.  It seemed that the players were a mix of Chinese and foreigners. 

Overall, Chaoyang Park was nice, but I prefer Tiantan since I like temples.  Though there is more space and open area at Chaoyang Park.
my wayward travelling parents
  We left through the West Gate since there is a Jenny Lou’s there.  I’d never been to that one before, and it’s bigger than the one in SoHo and the one by RiTan.  So we bought stuff and I checked out the DVDs (didn’t get any), then we took a taxi home since we’d bought enough.

So after some time at home, we took a taxi to the Chaoyangmen area since that’s where the hot pot restaurant was that I wanted to try.  It’s called I Rock My Pot (see review below).  It was so good!  The menu was in English, and there was someone who knew enough English to know what I meant since I did the ordering.  Unfortunately, as I’m well-enough-versed in hot pot, I forgot to explain the intricacies to my parents.  So once we got that settled, it was a good meal.  The waitress helped us out, and the fact that they had individual pots and DIY dipping sauces made it more fun.
Is that Jackie Chan???
  There was a cut-out of someone in the restaurant near our table, and my parents swear it’s Jackie Chan, but I don’t agree.  I don’t know who it is, but I don’t think it’s Jackie Chan.  I’ll let you judge for yourself (taken with the camera phone).  And for dessert, they had these good little cakes that I wouldn’t mind finding again.

After dinner we found a bakery that I wanted to try.  So my parents each got something and I got a brownie and two somethings.  From there, it was a taxi home.  Turned out that our desserts weren’t that good.  China hasn’t quite figured out desserts.  But I’ve since read that the Chinese don’t like things that are too sweet (it was an article about Oreos needing to be less sweet- sacrilege!).   That was it for the day…
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my wayward travelling parents
my wayward travelling parents
Is that Jackie Chan???
Is that Jackie Chan???
I think that means no climbing the…
I think that means no climbing th…
The mountain the No Shinny sign …
The mountain the "No Shinny" sign…
Pretty flowers
Pretty flowers
Yup, a tent.
Yup, a tent.
5-on-5
5-on-5
5-on-5
5-on-5
Chaoyang Parks Smart car
Chaoyang Park's Smart car
Those cool individual hot pots
Those cool individual hot pots
The sign outside of I Rock My Pot
The sign outside of I Rock My Pot
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Rockin' Hot Pot!!
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