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Beijing Huling Community Services for people with Learning Disabilities

Since I was going to hit Tianamen Square and the Forbidden City in a few days time, I decided to sleep in today while the rest of the group headed over to see those sights.  I would then meet the group outside the Forbidden City to visit the Beijing Huiling Community Services Center.

Around 11:30 I left for the short-ish walk to the exit of the Forbidden City complex.  Found everyone and we headed over to the Center.  The Huiling Community Center is a center for developmentally disabled adults that helps them integrate with society.  I learned that whatever challenges/problems America has with integrating people with disabilities, China's are far greater.  At the center we found that the members had prepared a lunch of dumplings for us.

Beijing Streets at night
  We ate and then had some calligraphy lessons.  The final act of the afternoon was a talent show that the members put on for us and which they pushed us into taking part in as well.  They sang songs, played instruments, and put on some performances with such gusto that it was a joy to watch.  These people were amazingly full of life and it was fun to share an afternoon with them.  At the end of the day I bought a few of the small items that they sell and made a small donation to the center.  It wasn't nearly what these people deserved though.

Later that day, Lillian took us to her parents for a final dinner before we would all split up and go our separate ways.  We caught a bus that took us a bit east of the downtown area to one of the many sprawling highrise apartment complexes that house people in Beijing and the other larger cities.  It was a nice sized apartment, but small compared to most homes in the United States.  But with so many people in the Beijing and more arriving daily, space is at a premium.  We had another grand family style dinner with a variety of dishes to choose from.  I realized that I was going to miss Chinese food when I left in a few short days.  Back on the bus later in the evening to get back to Wangfunjing and a final round of drinks as the evening ended.

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Dinner at Lilians parents in Beij…
Dinner at Lilian's parents in Bei…
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Beijing Streets at night
Beijing Streets at night
Beijing Streets at night
Beijing Streets at night
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