China // part two

Now that gift guides are all out the way (and I’m sure your shopping is complete – HA!), let’s continue with the China trip recap, shall we.

If you are just joining us, I’ve already shared part one here.


We left off loaded up in a van a mere 17 hours after landing in Beijing. Jet-lagged beyond belief, we started the drive to the Commune at the Great Wall where we’d be staying overnight.

The Commune is nestled in the Shuiguan Mountains a little over an hour outside of Beijing’s city center. It is comprised of forty contemporary villas designed by 12 Asian architects. It also has three restaurants, a kid’s club as well as an outdoor pool and tennis court.

Upon our arrival we were greeted with the most luxurious accommodations and a delicious spread.

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We sat down to a feast at the Terrace Lounge upon our arrival and ate and drank way to much for what we would undertake next…the WALL.China2017_30China2017_31

I can honestly say that I had no idea how intense our climb to get to the actual wall would be. We followed a private path that led us to an untouched portion of the Great Wall and what we saw can only be categorized as breathtaking. China2017_32

The climb from one side to the other was intense, but the kids were absolute champs the entire time! China2017_33China2017_34China2017_35China2017_37
I think Everett was especially happy because once we got to the other side he got to have two cups of hot chocolate. China2017_9China2017_12China2017_17

Using a stroller was not even remotely an option, so Fitzie had to be carried the entire time. Again, eating and drinking so much at lunch was indeed a bad decision. Although, I’m pretty sure we all worked it off by the end of our excursion.China2017_2

After we all took a break and recovered from our journey we headed back to the same restaurant for dinner that evening. Everett was so tired and jet-lagged that he fell asleep in my lap for the entire meal which is why I do not have any photos. All I can say is that we experienced hot pots for the first time and it was epic!

The next morning we enjoyed a nice breakfast spread at our villa. How cute are the kiddos in their matching panda jammies?!

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After breakfast the little ones headed to the amazing Kid’s Club facilities. While there, they painted kites, baked cookies and played games. In the meantime, mama had a much needed in-room massage that pretty much cleared all remaining jet-lag. China2017_6China2017_1

Shortly after lunch, we loaded up and headed back into the city to continue our adventure…

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