Yuyuantan Park and Cherry Blossoms

4/8  line 1, Military Museum stop, exit A or E2, walk north

Cost: adults Y10, kids Y5, under 120 cm = free

It was a nice spring day so we suggested to the WAs that we check out the cherry blossoms that were supposedly blooming at Yuyuantan Park, out towards us.

Top left picture… before entering the park, you walk by the Millenium Monument (I think it houses an art museum of some sort). The Military Museum is also in this area but there were too many buildings blocking a good shot of it. The bottom two pictures are organized dance groups in the park. Because of the cherry blossoms, there was a fair or something of the sort so the park was more crowded than usual and there were various booths set up selling stuff.

Bottom left: Squidgems was avoiding the camera all day so we were
glad he finally joined the other kids for this group shot.

Above picture and this story from PS: I walked over to a tree, snapped a picture of some flowers, and turned to leave. A Chinese guy waved me back over, showed me a patch of flowers that was less wilted, used his hand to block out the sun, and told me the Chinese word for photograph, and motioned for me to take the picture. When I did, he told me “Beautiful!” and left. So, thanks random Chinese guy. It does look beautiful.

We took a boat from the western side of the park back to the middle. It was Y10 per person (Squidgems was free). Apparently our friend S told her little sister, A, who was afraid, that she’d pay her Y100 if the boat capsized. We were quite an attraction. Everyone in our boat was super excited when we got on and people in boats we went by were trying to take our picture.  grin emoticon

Bottom right picture: This adorable little girl toddled over to Squidgems’s scooter and then her dad sort of looked at me like, “can she take it for a spin?” He put her on it and she pushed away with an adorable smile and giggle. Squidgems was very worried.

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Sugar blowing…
These are just the blossoms on our walk home from our subway stop.

Spring in Beijing

And several days where it looked like it was snowing because of poplar seeds blowing around.


China Life

 PS wants to buy all these fish and set them free… the problem is where to set them free?!

 Now that it has warmed up a bunch, these bird cages are hung out in trees and we see them when we go out to run errands.

 Saw this tiny excavator leaving the Beijing Automobile Museum.

 Getting all the vegetables cut and ready for breakfast/lunch/dinner at the restaurant.


I see men carrying their significant other’s purse quite often.


 This may look like a rescue mission. In actuality, it’s a guy, trimming tree branches, with a chain saw.

We transfer from line 1 to line 2 every week at Jianguomen station to get to church. It wasn’t until after visiting the Ancient Observatory and the Planetarium that I understood the murals above the train tracks. This is the station beneath the Ancient Observatory. Further down the track, it actually depicts the observatory. This specific mural is the Chinese interpretation of the big dipper, which I saw at the Planetarium.

 All of a sudden this is in our stores… no idea what it is. Ideas?

 Crowded transfer from 1 to 14 at Dawanglu subway station.

 Below: Shopping at Miniso… it’s a Japanese or Korean dollar store type shop. We love it, but some of the stuff is a bit crazy!

And in the Tour Le Jours Bakery next door… (ie: croutons).

I’d mentioned to my friend Becky that I wanted to try to find a Mooncake mold to bring back to the States as my souvenir. She found me one in Tianjin when there family visited!! The characters are for Double Happiness.

 PS thinks this Tinkerbell candy gun is hilarious.

 Granddaughter riding on Grandpa’s shopping trolley.

 Pet fish? Dinner?

 I want to take the boys here. For Y10 they cut your hair and vacuum you clean. At first, I thought it was a vacuum cut place.

Popsicles. Based on the picture, it looks like a stack of haw fruit frozen in water.

 A few days after Easter, our grocery store had this display table out front with markers and eggs.

 On the way to church, right before boarding the line 13 train, there are an especially large amount of red banners.

 Our church district had a dinner followed by viewing the General Women’s meeting. Afterwards, walking to the subway, one of the street food vendors was selling “grilled” jiaozi! Yum! This was fuller, we’d eaten some before I took the picture. And it only cost Y10… less than $2 USD.

B took me to the Alley Market down the street to get Jian Bing. He’d tried it on his way home from transferring money at the bank and said it was yummier than the Jian Bing we had in Tianjin. It was good. Bu La means not spicy/hot. That’s helpful for me to remember. It sort of tasted like a Taco Bell burrito that was heavy on the lettuce… and crunchy. The guy makes a crepe like shell… but it’s crunchy. Then he cooks an egg on it. Then his wife paints spicy stuff on it, adds green leaf lettuce and a fried dough stick, folds it up and chops it in half. Super filling. Y6, about $1 USD.

Here’s someone else’s video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dOcmUl8c7Sc

Church Relief Society Party- Chinese style


For our Relief Society Birthday party at church, one of the Chinese women somehow arranged a building at Olympic Forest Park with some traditional Chinese performances. As the planning went further, they decided to invite families since there would be a magician the kids would enjoy. Bet none of you have this exciting of a Relief Society birthday activity!

Olympic Forest Park is pretty far north of downtown Beijing. It’s near the Bird’s Nest but we were too tired to walk further to see it. We went to the South Gate Forest Park subway stop (line 8) and then walked further north.

Our building had a little balcony over the water and a broken down bicycle that didn’t stop the kids from riding it.

Four different people performed martial arts… dances.  A woman played a Chinese zither. There was a magician who did traditional magic tricks. Before the show started, there was massage and something where they poked your ear and attached stickers to massage for a week (I was told it was painful, so we skipped that).


Then a Chinese dragon dance!

Squirt loved the lions dancing, not so much standing next to the lions.  PS and I didn’t realize we were accidentally being photo-bombed.

Afterwards, the Relief Society president sent out pictures taken by a photographer that was there. The two top, right hand pictures are the W family, the other homeschooling family in our branch.

Playing a Relief Society trivia themed hot potato game.

A few videos: https://youtu.be/ACMy6iBSpJ4







Walking back to the subway park through the beautiful park with all the trees starting to blossom. We walked with the Ws.