Today was a free day for us to explore Beijing.
This morning we set off and experienced the Chinese subway to get to the Pearl Market where we could shop for bargain electronics, cashmere, designer clothes and handbags, souvenirs and more! At every single stall assistants were frantically trying to get our attention asking us to purchase their items and offering discounted prices.
It was a very intense atmosphere, but an interesting experience and we practised our haggling skills in order to get some fantastic deals! In the afternoon some people split off to do their own things visiting art exhibitions, more shopping and grabbing some food before we headed off to the airport.
On the coach to the airport, one by one, the team each went through our favourite highlights of the trip so far. These included overcoming some difficult days, meeting each other and building friendships, watching the support given to one another, some funny moments and stories, meeting our wonderful Chinese Guide and generally taking on a once in a lifetime challenge for the hospice.
As we board the plane we take fond memories home with us and ones that will stay with us and keep us connected for a lifetime. Its been an incredible journey where words will not quite be able to ever describe what we achieved together, the individual feelings and mix of emotions.
Next stop - Home.