S: China & Tibet 2010
BC: Wheresoever you go, go with all your heart- Confucius
FC: China & Tibet | 2010 | Shanghai Yueyang Three Gorges Lesser Three Gorges Shibaozhai Feng Du Llhasa Xi'an Beijing
1: Roof of the World July 12: Flight and rested, with a short walk around the area. July 13: Visited Old Shanghai/Bund area; Yuyuan Garden, Shanghai Museum & ended the evening with a Chinese acrobats performance. July 14: Flew to Wuhan and traveled by bus to Yueyang. We visited the children at the Viking River sponsored school and embarked on the Viking Century Sun. July 15: Traveled on the Yangtze River and into the Xiling Gorge. Toured the Three Gorges Dam. July 16: Wu & Qutang Gorges, Lesser Three Gorges July 17: Visited the Shibaozhai Pagoda and market July 18: Visited Fengdu, the city that was relocated to the other side of the river. July 19: Flew to Lhasa, Tibet July 20: Visited the Potala Palace and Tibetan Museum July 21: Visited the Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Market & Sera Monastery July 22: We had tea with a Tibetan Family and flew to Xi'an, had dinner at dumpling restaurant and visited a night time market. July 23: We visited the Terra Cotta Army and went to a Tang Dynasty dinner and show. July 24: Visited the Wild Goose pagoda and flew to Bejing July 25: We climbed on the Great Wall, visited the Sacred Way of the Ming Tombs and had Peking Duck dinner, followed by the Beijing Opera. July 26: Visited Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, and Imperial Family's Summer Palace. July 27: Flew to Chicago with a 12 hour layover and on to Wichita.
2: Traveling | byPlane | a | fourteen hour flight | Arctic Circle
3: Shanghai 7054 miles from Wichita population 19,213,200
4: Yuyuan Garden
5: ....gardens dating from the Ming Dynasty
6: The art of handmade Chinese silk carpets and embroidery
7: Ancient Chinese Art at the The Shanghai Museum
8: Shanghai | by day
9: Old Bund area | Shanghai | by night
11: Yueyang Elementary school sponsored by Viking River Cruises
14: Local fisherman along the Yangtze River
15: Three Gorges Dam and locks | The largest hydroelectric power station in the world
17: This project relocated millions of people to generate energy, and produces more power than any other dam in the world. The dam raises the river 150 feet every winter.
18: Qutang Gorge
20: Wu Gorge: mist-enshrouded mountains with the legendary Twelve Peaks rising up on both side.
21: The Wu Gorge is the second gorge of the Three Gorges of Yangtze River and winds over 25 miles
22: Scenic Cruising on the Lesser Three Gorges The water changed from dirty brown to a pretty green, some monkeys, an ancient coffin high on the cliffs, a monastery and busy fisherman were seen along the way. | Hanging Coffin
23: Local people out enjoying the day traveling on the river in the Lesser Gorge.
24: City and farm life different lifestyles
25: After doing a days shopping the farmers still have a long walk after the ferry drops them off.
28: The local people of Shibaozhai busily going about their lives.
29: Shibaozhai Pagoda built in 1850 by Xianfeng Emperor, was called the Purple Rain Pavilion.
30: 3 steps for good luck | the greedy monk | The temple at the top of the 700 feet climb, through the pagoda, provided a breath-taking view and many historical items
32: Fengdu: "Ghost City"
33: the relocated town
34: Fengdu Market Place
36: Farewell Dinner | Captain Sun Liang Yun
37: Yangtze River ...3rd largest river in the world ...185 cities along river with 398 million people
38: Lhasas July 19-22 July 18: The Yangtze River was flooded so we could not dock in Chongqing. We took an all night bus ride over washed out roads to our hotel. July 19: After breakfast we flew to Lhasa, Tibet. We had a tour of the town and went back to hotel to acclimatize ourselves to the altitude. For supper we had a sampling of Tibetan cuisine, including yak cooked different ways. July 20: Visited the Tibetan Museum, the Potala Palace and had supper at the Crazy Yak, a dinner show about the importance of the Yak to the people. July 21: Visited the Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Market, the Sera Monastery and had plenty of time to explore the town. July 22: Had a family hosted tea and then flew to Xian.
39: Lhasa, Tibet Capital city 11,800 ft making it the highest city in the world population 521,500 people home to the Potala Palace & the Jokhang Temple surrounded by Himalayan Mountains
40: Prayer Flags | Sky Burial | Barkhor Market | Prayer flags are changed & houses are white washed once a year
41: Barkhor Market
43: The many faces of Lhasa
44: Potala Palace
45: Overlooking Lhasa from the palace on the Marpo Ri Hill | built in 17th century former home to the Dalai Lama has 1000 rooms 10,000 chapels
46: Prostrating in front of Jokhang Temple | Built in 647 it is the Buddhist spiritual center of Tibet
47: Jokhang Temple | Walking the inner circle around the temple
48: Tibet Museum of Lhasa
50: Sera Monastery
52: daily life in Lhasa
53: Lhasa "City of the Sun"
54: Shopping in downtown Lhasa | tire repair | grocery | fine dining | pool hall | department store
55: fresh yak | meat market | hardware store | seamstress | store
56: Family hosted tea | try your tea like the locals..... with yak butter
58: Xian July 22-24 July 22: Following a family hosted tea we flew to Xian. We had a short bus tour of the city and stopped for a dumpling dinner (more kinds than you can count). Strolled through the night market with lots of interesting sights and strange smells. July 23: Up early for a tour of the Terra-cotta Warrior Museum and the evening optional Tang Dynasty Dinner and Show (highly recommend). July 24: After breakfast we toured the Wild Goose Pagoda, a seven story square tower, a holy place for Buddhists. After a box lunch on the way to the airport we flew to Beijing.
59: Dumpling dinner in Xian
60: Night Market
61: Emperor QuinShihuang's Terra-cotta Museum
63: Here is where it all started. A farmer was digging a well in 1974 and discovered the first piece of terra-cotta that had laid buried over 2000 years.
64: Terra cotta army | Over 8000 life size pieces of terra cotta warriors, horses & chariots in full battle gear.
66: The Emperor's chariots were built for inspecting his army in the after life. | High Chariot
67: Comfortable Chariot
68: Kempinski Hotel
70: Tang Dynasty Dinner
74: Wild Goose Pagoda
76: The Wild Goose Pagoda, built in 652 A.D, during the Tang Dynasty stands at 177 feet high and seven stories tall.
77: The warning bell was poured in the Ming Dynasty. It was rung to protect the million people in the area.
78: B | Beijing July 25-27 July 25: Took a bus ride to Badaling Hills to to climb along the fabled Great Wall. Visited the Sacred Way of the the Ming Tombs where the Ming Emperors are buried. Finished with a bus tour of Beijing highlighting the Summer Olympics site. For Mae's 60th birthday celebration we enjoyed a Peking Duck Dinner and Peking Opera. What a wonderful experience. July 26: We toured Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. Took a dragon boat ride across the Kumming Lake to the Emperor's Summer Palace, the imperial family playground during the Qing Dynasty. July 27: Got up early for the long flight back to Wichita.
79: Beijing 6662miles to Wichita Population exceeds 22,000,000 | China World Hotel
80: Great | Celebrated 60th birthday climbing the Great Wall
81: We visited the Great Wall located in the Badaling Hills outside of Beijing. The wall is 25 feet high and 16 feet wide and very steep to climb. | Wall of China
84: Sacred Way of the Ming Tombs
85: Chairman Mao
86: Ming Tombs This is the valley that the 13 Ming Dynasty Emperors chose as their burial place.
88: Mae's Peking Duck 60th Birthday Celebration The dish originated during the Ming Dynasty, features delicately roasted meat and crispy skin pared with spring onions and hoisin sauce all wrapped in a thin pancake..
89: The Peking Opera The renowned Peking Opera came into existence around the end of the 18th century. Not a traditional opera, the performance is a form of Chinese theater combining music, singing, mime, dance and even acrobatics to convey a story that is also illustrated with elaborately painted faces and symbolic costumes by an all male cast.
90: Peking Opera
91: Zhengyangmen Gatehouse | Gate to the Forbidden City | Tiananmen Square The worlds largest public square can accommodate more than one million people. It's name means "Gate of Heavenly Peace" and is the formal entrance to the Forbidden City. The square was built during the Ming Dynasty.
92: Hall of Supreme Harmony | Gate of Manifesting Virtues | Forbidden City Built in 1420, it is the largest palace complex in the world with 175 acres of elegant palaces, pavilions, courtyards and gardens. It was forbidden to all but royalty until 1911. The complex contains 800 grand buildings with 9,999 rooms. The courtyard can hold 100,000 people. The Forbidden City ceased being the political centre of China in 1912—after being the home to 24 emperors — fourteen of the Ming Dynasty and ten of the Qing Dynasty.
93: Hall of Central Harmony | Hall of Preserving Harmony | Pavilion of 10,000 Spring Seasons
94: Exploring the private apartments of Emperor QianLong and Empress Dowager Ci'Xi was an adventure. | Emperor's Private Courtyard
95: Dragon Boat Ride across Kunming Lake to the Summer Palace | Jessie Xu
96: The Long Corridor was built in 1750 and is richly decorated with paintings on the beams and the ceiling. In total there are more than 14,000 paintings
97: Marble Boat It was first erected in 1755 during the reign of the Emperor Qianlong | Long Corridor
98: Beijing | Bird Nest from 2008 Summer Olympics
99: Coming home July 27, 2010 | Sunrise over the Arctic Circle