Beijing Olympics - Summer 2008 
One of the first sightseeing trips that me, Anthony and Michelle made during the Olympics was to TianAnMen Square. We walked around with the rest of the crowd and took pictures.My brother, Anthony, and his girlfriend Michelle, posing in front of the portrait of Chairman Mao on TianAnMen gate.I think I took the same picture of myself in front of this Chairman Mao, the last time I visited here.Me, Anthony and Michelle took a walk around the side of the Forbidden City. Anthony and Michelle posed for this picture in front of flowers with the Forbidden City out behind them.
One of the first sightseeing trips that me, Anthony and Michelle made during the Olympics was to TianAnMen Square. We walked around with the rest of the crowd and took pictures.
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My brother, Anthony, and his girlfriend Michelle, posing in front of the portrait of Chairman Mao on TianAnMen gate.
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I think I took the same picture of myself in front of this Chairman Mao, the last time I visited here.
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Me, Anthony and Michelle took a walk around the side of the Forbidden City. Anthony and Michelle posed for this picture in front of flowers with the Forbidden City out behind them.
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Max and Anthony in the courtyard of the Forbidden CityAnthony strikes a heroic pose in from of the monument in TianAnMen SquareOur first sporting event of the Olympics came when we picked up scapled tickets for preliminary round Tennis. The tickets allowed us to sit in any of the various courts and watch any of the scheduled matches. We saw both Williams sisters defeat their opponents in the first round. Here Serena Williams gets ready to return a serve.Venus Williams in action in her preliminary round match.
Max and Anthony in the courtyard of the Forbidden City
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Anthony strikes a heroic pose in from of the monument in TianAnMen Square
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Our first sporting event of the Olympics came when we picked up scapled tickets for preliminary round Tennis. The tickets allowed us to sit in any of the various courts and watch any of the scheduled matches. We saw both Williams sisters defeat their opponents in the first round. Here Serena Williams gets ready to return a serve.
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Venus Williams in action in her preliminary round match.
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Our little group then return to the Forbidden City to spend a day walking through the entire palace. Here Anthony poses inside the Forbidden City.The crowds were a bit larger at the the Forbidden City because of the Olympics. But still, Anthony got this picture of me and Michelle away from the crush of people.After visiting my office on Wangfujing St. we wandered over to the Wangfujing market where all kinds of fried meat on a stick is available to sample. Here we have some of the more exotic fare, large centipedes. For the very brave eaters they have huge black scorpions.
Our little group then return to the Forbidden City to spend a day walking through the entire palace. Here Anthony poses inside the Forbidden City.
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The crowds were a bit larger at the the Forbidden City because of the Olympics. But still, Anthony got this picture of me and Michelle away from the crush of people.
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After visiting my office on Wangfujing St. we wandered over to the Wangfujing market where all kinds of fried meat on a stick is available to sample. Here we have some of the more exotic fare, large centipedes.
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For the very brave eaters they have huge black scorpions.
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This is one of the first times I have ever seen anyone actually eating a fried insect. This kid with his 'I love China' stickers on his cheeks is just digging in to some big grubs on a stick.Our second sports event came when we got some scalped tickets for preliminary round athletics at the Bird's Nest stadium.On our way to the event we took some time to take pictures in the Olympic park.Here I am inside the Bird's Nest National Stadium as the events are getting under way.
This is one of the first times I have ever seen anyone actually eating a fried insect. This kid with his 'I love China' stickers on his cheeks is just digging in to some big grubs on a stick.
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Our second sports event came when we got some scalped tickets for preliminary round athletics at the Bird's Nest stadium.
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On our way to the event we took some time to take pictures in the Olympic park.
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Here I am inside the Bird's Nest National Stadium as the events are getting under way.
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Outside the National Stadium we saw kids playing in the fountain in front of the Water Cube, where the swimming events were held.I took some time to pose in front of this amazing looking building.On another sightseeing trip we all visited BeiHai Park. This small island covered in temples, is in the middle a very pretty lake.Anthony and Michelle pose in front of some traditional architecture.
Outside the National Stadium we saw kids playing in the fountain in front of the Water Cube, where the swimming events were held.
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I took some time to pose in front of this amazing looking building.
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On another sightseeing trip we all visited BeiHai Park. This small island covered in temples, is in the middle a very pretty lake.
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Anthony and Michelle pose in front of some traditional architecture.
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that's me and a statue of a female lion. I really can't get enough of the quirky Chinese style lions and their corn rows hair style.During the ticket lottery phase I bought 2 tickets for the teams finals in table tennis. We had pretty good seats for the match between the Chinese and German teams in front of a very enthusiastic home town crowd.Me and Anthony stick our faces in front of the teams as they stand o the medal podium. China won the match. No surprise there.The flags go up as the Chinese national anthem plays.
that's me and a statue of a female lion. I really can't get enough of the quirky Chinese style lions and their corn rows hair style.
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During the ticket lottery phase I bought 2 tickets for the teams finals in table tennis. We had pretty good seats for the match between the Chinese and German teams in front of a very enthusiastic home town crowd.
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Me and Anthony stick our faces in front of the teams as they stand o the medal podium. China won the match. No surprise there.
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The flags go up as the Chinese national anthem plays.
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The teams all wave to the crowd and the media. It was really a blast to see he best ping pong players in the world play for the gold medal in the Olypics.As we came into the valley on our next sight seeing trip we caught this amazing view of the Great Wall. This was my second time to visit the Great Wall, and after my first experience I had to return to Simatai with  Anthony and Michelle. This is Great Wall site is farther from Beijing than some of the others, but it gives you a great chance to hike up the wall, out in the countryside, away from the bigger crowds.Me and Anthony get ready for a particularly steep stretch to the next guard tower.It takes about 3 hours to walk up the wall to the top of the ridge. From there you get amazing views of the valley below and the Great Wall snaking through the mountains out into the distance.
The teams all wave to the crowd and the media. It was really a blast to see he best ping pong players in the world play for the gold medal in the Olypics.
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As we came into the valley on our next sight seeing trip we caught this amazing view of the Great Wall. This was my second time to visit the Great Wall, and after my first experience I had to return to Simatai with Anthony and Michelle. This is Great Wall site is farther from Beijing than some of the others, but it gives you a great chance to hike up the wall, out in the countryside, away from the bigger crowds.
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Me and Anthony get ready for a particularly steep stretch to the next guard tower.
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It takes about 3 hours to walk up the wall to the top of the ridge. From there you get amazing views of the valley below and the Great Wall snaking through the mountains out into the distance.
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I'm waiting for Anthony and Michelle to catch up.Anthony and Michelle pose in front of the amazing scenery. Its really hard to imagine how huge the Great Wall is until you see it stretching as far as the eye can see.After some cloudy muggy days in Beijing this really was the perfect summer day for a hike. It was dry, hot and sunny, but on the wall the cool breeze made it a pleasure to be outside.Anthony throws a thumbs up as he stands guard in defense of China.
I'm waiting for Anthony and Michelle to catch up.
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Anthony and Michelle pose in front of the amazing scenery. Its really hard to imagine how huge the Great Wall is until you see it stretching as far as the eye can see.
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After some cloudy muggy days in Beijing this really was the perfect summer day for a hike. It was dry, hot and sunny, but on the wall the cool breeze made it a pleasure to be outside.
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Anthony throws a thumbs up as he stands guard in defense of China.
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Anthony and Michelle cool off in a guard tower.I stick my head out the window to get a look of the valley and the river below. The river was where our hike started.Anthony takes in the view.The view from the top and the feeling that you get when you look out and take it all in, is the reason that I came back to this place. It was great to share it with my family, because pictures, as amazing as they are, don't do it justice.
Anthony and Michelle cool off in a guard tower.
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I stick my head out the window to get a look of the valley and the river below. The river was where our hike started.
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Anthony takes in the view.
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The view from the top and the feeling that you get when you look out and take it all in, is the reason that I came back to this place. It was great to share it with my family, because pictures, as amazing as they are, don't do it justice.
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Anthony and Michelle get a bit ahead of me as we head back down the wall.Our next excursion was to the Beijing zoo. Its most famous guests are the giant pandas.It was summer so it seems like everyone, even the lemurs, were in need of a nap.Anthony climbs up on a stone elephant.
Anthony and Michelle get a bit ahead of me as we head back down the wall.
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Our next excursion was to the Beijing zoo. Its most famous guests are the giant pandas.
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It was summer so it seems like everyone, even the lemurs, were in need of a nap.
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Anthony climbs up on a stone elephant.
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