At the end of our week in Handan we were taken to a special restaurant in a nearby area, that specializes in a particular food - donkey meat. It wasn't just donkey meat, it was all the donkey organs and parts. I won't mention all the parts, but some were heart, intestine and tendons. I ate the rice.
After the mission, I stayed for a week in Beijing, by myself, to see as much as I could of the area. I was able to go to Tiananmen Square and the National Museum and the Great Wall before the tremendous influx of Chinese came to the capital during their week-long holiday for "National Day." I was able to go all around the city on the efficient and frequent subway trains, and also tried the taxis and busses.
One of the most outstanding things I saw was a "Kung Fu Performance" which was not only an amazing display of athletes, but masterfully built around a heart-warming story. My stay was at the economical "Swissotel" which was actually rated 5-star and was wonderful. The staff spoke English and I was able to get a lot of help every day in figuring out how to get to certain places.
It was a good experience for me, but best of all were the children whose lives were changed.