Off early tomorrow morning for a 5 day escapade to Beijing. We're finally going to be put our year long lessons of mandarin to the test. Yikes. Watched last night "en famille" Bertolucci's "Last Emperor." Way too complicated for my kids but they understand now the role of the Forbidden City. Have been reading up our Beijing "Lonely Planet" copy and planned an itinerary. We're set. Zai Jian.