Previous guides, Mister Ching and Mei, accompany the family on a side trip to the
Great Wall of China.
The family later travels to Shanghai
for two days.
The morning sky contains a sprinkling of clouds at high altitude. Birds chirp and
flit from trees in a park near the family's hotel. Mei walks ahead of her uncle to
greet the family.
People in This Story:
Ching (old man);
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"Speed Talk" is in pink; meaning is in [brackets].
Good morning. I hope you had a pleasant night's rest. Are you ready to see the wall now?
Get it on? Do you mean to get dressed? I do not understand your slang.
[Laughing] Wes, you shouldn't try to
snow Mei. She's
not used to much of our slang.
I'm sorry, Mei. I forgot. Sometimes it's
clean up my habit of
speaking in slang and idioms. Americans usually talk this way. So, maybe this is a
good chance for you to practice hearing it.
A little practice is fine, son. But too much can be an
overload. You should
Good morning to you all. Our vehicle is parked near here. We should leave now.
Good Morning, Mister Ching. Looks like
we're ready to go.
Very good. I made arrangements for your visit to a very popular location on the wall.
It also is a beautiful place.
[They arrive at Mutian Ravine.
People ride a gondola to reach the wall.]
That was a fun ride. Do we return the same way?
No. On the return, you must ride a one-person tobaggan. It has wheels and a brake,
so you don't go too fast down the mountain.
Don't get bossy, Dad.
We still have a few hours to go.
This is beautiful! Mister Ching, have you ever visited the
I would enjoy seeing that area.
Yes, many years ago. It truly is lovely, with pointed mountains
and reflecting water. Unfortunately, it is very far from here.
[The family continues to walk along the wall before returning to Beijing.
They later visit Xi'an,
where emperor Qin Shihuang was entombed--along with 7,000 clay characters and horses.
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