Lotus staff took the day off on Monday to go visit some of Beijing’s rural areas. Staff have been working feverishly for the past two months preparing for Lotus summer programs in Beijing, as well as introducing a new program for Chinese students to study English in the US while living with a local host family. It was a much needed break which included staff, some members of the board, interns, and family.
We rose early in the morning (most of us anyway) and headed out to Mentougou (门头沟) in the mountains northwest of Beijing. There are a couple of folk villages there, including one with walls dating from the Ming Dynasty. We also went for a leisurely hike in a small valley in the areas. Well, it’s small by my standards, since I’m from a city near the Rocky Mountains in Canada.