S: CHINA MARCH 22, 2012 - APRIL 8, 2012
1: CHINA | Itinerary BEIJING XI'AN GUILIN HONG KONG SHANGHAI GUANGDONG
3: The GREAT WALL of CHINA is over 8,851 km long. Construction of the wall began in the 7th century BC; we took the easy way up......... the cable car. The views were amazing!
4: Front: Ashley & Louise (England) Back: Me, Adrienne (Canada), Sara (England), Laura (Scotland), Ellen & Linda (Germany), and Leslie (Canada).
7: After climbing and climbing, we took the toboggan down!
8: A Giant TV | Monument of the People's Heroes | Crowds at the Gates to the Forbidden City | Mausoleum of Mao | Statue of the Workers | TIANANMEN SQUARE | A Giant TV | Monument of the People's Heroes
9: THE FORBIDDEN CITY
10: The streets of BEIJING
11: In the evening we went to see THE LEGEND OF KUNG FU. The place was packed.
13: We took the overnight train from BEIJING to XI'AN. Our first stop was the TERRACOTTA WARRIORS.
14: Strong warriors!
16: We went to a tea ceremony in a beautiful old home in XI'AN.
19: The ANCIENT CITY WALL of XI'AN
20: Bike riding on the ANCIENT CITY WALL.
21: The next stop was the BIG WILD GOOSE PAGADO in XI'AN. I know; crazy name!
23: We made some new friends at the top of the temple! Oh ya, did I mention that the lady in the red sweater overtook us in the stairway!
24: Incredibly beautiful!
25: The MUSLIM QUARTERS XI'AN
26: We took a plane from XI'AN to GUILAN and stayed in the village of YANGSHOU. My hotel room & view.
27: Yikes, I think I saw it move!!!! | The streets of YANGSHOU
29: We took a cooking class in YANGSHOU. Everything at the market was extremely fresh!
31: We all turned out to be quick studies. The food was delicious!
34: In YANGSHOU we went on a bike ride through the countryside. Farmer Tam lead the way!
37: After our hike to the top of MOON HILL; we rode our bikes to Farmer Tam's house for lunch.
38: We took a break from cycling and went for a raft ride. Very relaxing.
39: A little boutique that only sells matches!
40: The overnight train to HONG KONG
41: The HONG KONG harbour
42: AVENUE OF STARS | Jackie Chan | Bruce Lee
43: The Olympic Torch
45: The view from VICTORIA PEAK
49: The BIG BUDDHA was one of my favorite spots. The air was filled with incense and the beauty of the Buddha was surprisingly overwhelming.
53: The streets of HONG KONG are filled with the world's most expensive stores!
54: Next stop, SHANGHAI
56: JIN MAO TOWER's 88 floors makes it the tallest building in SHANGHAI's financial district.
57: SHANGHAI has had tremendous growth over the past 10 years. It's a world class metropolitan city!
58: The JADE BUDDHA TEMPLE
61: The streets of SHANGHAI
62: The train travels 30 km from the MAGLEV station to the PUDONG Airport in 8 minutes; reaching a maximum speed of 430 km per hour.
63: My favorite stop; MITCH's place. L-R: Liam, Vincent, Mitch
64: MITCH's complex!
69: JIANGMEN | TURNBULL??? | Turnbull???