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China - Page Text Content

S: Honeymoon (pt 2)

BC: The End

FC: China

1: Highlights of China & the Yangtze | Day 1 t0 3 - Beijing Day 4 t0 5 - Xi'an Day 6 to 8 - Cruising the Yangtze Day 9 to 11 - Shanghai

2: Arriving in Beijing. | The new terminal built for the 2008 Olympics

3: our home for the next 3 nights

4: Touring Beijing | City & Watch Tower of Zhengyang Gate | Chairman Mao Memorial Hall

5: Beijing railway station | China railway museum | National Museum of China

6: Tian'anmen Square | Aerial view | Great Hall of the People | Monument to the People's Heroes

8: The Forbidden City a.k.a The Palace Museum. It consists of 9,999 rooms (9 is a lucky number in Chinese) and in ancient times, no commoner could set foot within the red walls without being put to death. | Tianamen Gate

9: Duanman Gate | Palace Gate

10: The central arch was for the exclusive use of the emperor. However, an empress was granted the privilege of using this entrance once, and only once, on her wedding day. As a special honour, the three finalists who achieved the highest awards in the national examinations presided over by the emperor, would be permitted to march through this archway, following their interview with the emperor. The smaller arch to the east was used by ministers while that to the west was used by the royal family. The remaining arches were used by petty officials. Ordinary people were forbidden to enter the city | Meridian Gate

12: Located in the outer court, this hall is where the Emperors hosted their enthronement and wedding ceremonies. The original hall was built by the Ming Dynasty in 1406 and was destroyed 7 times by fire | The Hall of

13: Supreme Harmony | during the Qing Dynasty. It was last re-built in 1865-1867. Even though it's only 1/2 the size of the original building, it is the still the largest surviving wooden structure in China.

14: Roof guardians - They are associated with water and are supposed to protect the building from fire. | Bronze Cauldron - filled with water in case of fire. | All the walls in the city were made of painted wood

15: This is where the concubines lived. | By the time of the Qing Dynasty (China’s final dynasty) there were 20,000 concubines on the premises. They were guarded by eunuchs (castrated men) to ensure that only the emperor could get them pregnant. Nightly, the Emperor would decide which concubine would visit him. Those who were in favour with him (and especially those that produced an heir) lived a rich life and had enough wealth to spread to their extended families. Others never met him but still had to stay for the rest of their life. Competition was fierce and many times would lead to murder. It was a lonely life, they were only allowed to see their family once a year and were never allowed to leave the city.

16: The Imperial Garden

17: The Palace Moat & Corner Towers

18: Rickshaw ride through Hutong alleys

19: Kung Fu show

20: In ancient times, it is said that the emperor, known as the Son of the Heaven, would came from and return to Heaven through the Sacred Way. This one at the Ming Tombs is the best preserved and most complete. It's lined with marble statues made from whole stones over 500 years ago. The avenue of stone animals and statues ends at Ling Xing Gate, better known as the Dragon and Phoenix Gate | The Sacred Way a.k.a The Divine Road

22: Changling Tomb This the tomb of the 3rd emperor of the Ming dynasty, Emperor Zhudi, known as Yongle (1360-1420), and his empress Xushi. It's the largest of the 13 Ming tombs, | The Ling'enmen Hall | silk burner | The Ling'enmen Gate (Gate of Eminent Favor)

23: The Lingxing Gate (Gate on the Threshold of Stars | The Minglou (soul tower) | View from Minglou

24: The Great Wall

26: At the Beijing zoo

28: Summer Palace It's the largest and best-preserved imperial garden in China. The central Kunming lake is entirely man made and the excavated soil was used to build Longevity Hill | Cool windows. They designed it so that each one has a different view. | seventeen-arch bridge

30: Olympic Village

31: Bird's nest

32: In Xi'an | our home for the next 2 nights

33: Terracotta Army Museum | bronze chariot & horses

34: Terra Cotta Army | The figures were created by the first Emperor of China, Ying Zheng, in 210 BC (Qin Dynasty) in an effort to maintain his emperor in the afterlife. They were discovered in 1974 by a group of farmers who were digging a water well. They vary in height, according to their roles, with the tallest being the generals. They include warriors, chariots, horses, officials, acrobats, strongmen and musicians. Current estimates are that in the 3 pits, there were over 8,000 soldiers, 130 chariots with 520 horses and 150 cavalry horses, the majority of which are still buried.

35: Pit 1

36: Pit 2

37: Pit 3

38: Xi'an city wall one of the oldest and best preserved Chinese city walls.

40: Tang Dynasty Dinner & Show at Shaanxi Grand Opera House

41: Big Wild Goose Pagoda

42: Arriving in Chongquing | Chongquing People's Hall | People's Square

43: Victoria Jenna our home for the next 2 nights

44: Leaving Chongquing

45: Fengdu - Ghost City | It is believed that all people's ghost, regardless of nationality, will come here to rest. | god of wealth god of health | Naihe Bridge The bridge in the middle is the judgment bridge. Only good people can cross, the evil ones will fall into the pool below. The bridge on the right is for wealth and the one on the left is for Health.

46: Ghostly Gate Pass 1 of the judgments that the spirits have to pass through before getting to the underworld

47: Only the good spirits will make it through. The bad ones where taken straight to hell

48: To Chinese, the social structure in the underworld is exactly like that in this world. The spirit has to go through the complete administration of the government to get the final judgment. Honest spirits will be rewarded and criminal ones punished. | The police officers | The lawyers

49: The judge | The priests | examples of punishment

50: The Three Gorges Qutang Gorge - the 1st of the 3 major gorges

51: Dragon Gate Gorge | A side trip along the Daning River to see the Lessor Gorges

52: do you see the giant washing her hair? | hanging coffin | Misty Gorge

53: The Mini Gorges

54: The Wu Gorge The 2nd of the 3 major gorges

55: The Three Gorges Dam The world's largest hydropower project. It sets records for the most number of people displaced (1.2mil), the most number of cities flooded (13 cities, 140 towns and 1,350 villages) and the longest reservoir (600 km). The environmental impact has been profound and will only get worse with time, plus several archaeological and cultural sites have been flooded.

56: In Shanghai | our home for the next 2 nights

58: Oriental Pearl Broadcasting & TV tower

59: View from the tower This is considered a sunny day in Shanghai

60: International Convention Center | Overlooking New Shanghai along the Huangpu River

61: Old Shanghai | "Romeo & Juliet" Jasmine Tea

62: Random Pics

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