Today is Mother’s Day – a perfect time to share a day trip that I took with my mom in the fall of 2011 when I went back to China to visit. At my mom’s suggestion, we went to a park called ‘red leaf hillside’ in the suburbs of Beijing. This is the sign near the entrance:
We had nice views of the Great Wall, although it was not accessible.
But there were plenty of trails to hike on:
Different views of the Great Wall. As you can see, this section was pretty worn out and would not be safe to walk on.
My mom and I behind the red leaves:
Here is my mom having fun hiking. I was very impressed that at age 66, she appeared to be in a better shape than me after hiking for 3 hours.
We had lots of fun that day, not to mention the good exercise. My mom was happy and proud that I, a ‘world traveler’ in her eyes, really enjoyed this place that she brought me to visit. Interestingly, I have only been to the Great Wall twice, and both times I was with my mom. I will always cherish the quality time we spent together.
I love you, mom. Happy Mother’s Day!!