Monday, our last full day in Beijing, has been designated the shopping day for the students. Those that want to go shopping will be able to finish purchasing the souvenirs. The students are heading back down to Dashilan and Qingmen for shopping, which is south of Tiananmen Square. The subway from the hotel (which is a two minute walk from the hotel) goes to Qingmen with only one train change needed. The students had a successful shopping trip, returning with gifts for various people back home.
Some of the students have also been joining me for tai chi in the morning. I also to took the opportunity to call upon my tai chi teacher’s teacher in Beijing, Liu laoshi. I had to opportunity to meet with him twice during my stay in Beijing for afternoon tai chi lessons. At his apartment in northwest Beijing, I also met with another student of his, Jeff, who had just arrived from Seattle where he teaches Chinese at the University of Washington. It was an honor to have a tai chi lesson from the master in Beijing. It was very gracious of Liu laoshi and his wife, Jiang laoshi, to open their home to me.
After one last tour in the morning, we leave for the airport and home.