China is a fascinating place though, unfortunately, much of the old culture was wiped out in the cultural revolution. This is my first visit and what appears to be developing today is perhaps the most purely capitalist society I have ever experienced.  There was a tremendous amount of construction in Beijing in preparation for the Olympics in 2008 and the government has placed a strong emphasis on friendship.

Our conference took place in
the "Friendship Hotel." 


Here are pictures from:

The Great Hall of the People,
The Great Wall,
The Temple of Heaven,
The Peking Opera,
The Forbidden City.