tonight me, anup, andrew, cathy, and her husband are catching a soft sleeper train to Tia an in the Shandong providence (south east of Beijing.) saturday should be a really long day since our train arrives there at 5am. once there we plan to climb our third holy mountain Tai Shan (there are five holy mountains in china) and see Dai Miao (apparently one of the largest temples in china). sunday we're planning an enlightening visit to Qufu - the birthplace of confucius. we're planning to head back to beijing sunday night and hope to get home sometime around 5am again. then if we're not totally dead tired may be we'll visit chairman mao before going into work. it's an ambitious plan and we'll see how it pans out.