The last post had me still in China and I could go on and on about all the other things we did while we were there, but I will just briefly list a few of the other things we did and then move on to the main reason we are on this trip- The Stampin' Up! Incentive trip to Thailand, of course.
We finished off our visit to China with a stop at a mall and ate some delicious dumplings. I'm a little bit of a picky eater, but I must say I did enjoy our Chinese food.
One thing that our tour guide told us is that Chinese people will push and cut in line, and that its "ok" because that is just what they do. And let me just say, he was not kidding. If we were standing in any sort of line, at any place at all, there was a 100% chance that people would come up and cut right in front of us. Not just one person, but they brought the whole family with them as well. That does not happen in the good old US of A- at least when it does, they get sent to the back of the line. I have to say that is one thing I don't miss about China at all. Lol.
We also visited the Summer Palace. It is the largest Royal Park in China, built in 1750. It is said to be the best preserved imperial garden in the world. It was basically a playground for Emperors. The architecture is stunning. We saw so many gorgeous buildings and ancient paintings on our tour.
The locals all walk around with umbrellas on hot days. Everywhere- on tours, on the streets, everywhere- they have umbrellas and coats and hats... on 98 degree days...
One of our final stops was the Forbidden City. Legend is that it has 9999.5 rooms, but we found out that it really "only" has about 8700 rooms and if you were to visit each room for 1 hour it would take you 22 years to see it all. Construction started in 1406 with an estimated one million laborers who helped build the Forbidden City. It is the largest ancient palace in the entire world.
We met up with my friend Linda who is also a Stampin' Up demonstrator, and her friend Jody. They traveled with us on our way to Thailand.
Stampin' Up! Welcome signs and banners were everywhere. We had the entire resort to ourselves!
First stop when we arrived was the spa. Best decision ever-especially after our long flights.
Our Welcome Basket. Mangosteens are yummy, even though they look like garlic pods inside. And of course these were the best Mangos we've ever eaten. The dragonfruit was so pretty, but it really didn't have much of a taste.
We had a shopping tour after our massages and the next day we took speed boats to the Phi Phi Islands (pronounced Pee Pee) to snorkel.
This is Maya Bay where Leonardo DeCaprio filmed "The Beach." The whole bay is one big reef. It was great snorkling there.
It was fun to see the long boats everywhere in Thailand.
The scenery was breathtakingly beautiful.
Theres lots more to share, but I will leave you with a sneak peek of a couple cards we made with new products in the upcoming Holdiay Catalog.
Until the next time...
Keep on Stampin' and Come back again soon!