S: China Harper / Talkington 2012
BC: China 2012 | Hello = Ni Hao | Good-by = Zai jian | Thank you = Xie xie
FC: China April 21-May 4th, 2012 Beijing, Xian, Chongqing,Yangtze River, Fengdu, Shibaozhai, Yichang - Three Gorges Dam, Shanghai
1: Toilet = Ce Suo
2: Ritz Carlton Beijing, China | Strolling the streets of Beijing | Pedicab
3: Locals daily activities in Temple of Heaven Park
4: Echo Stones leading to the Imperial Vault | Walking towards the Zhaoheng Gate
5: Ceiling of the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests | Palace of Abstinence
6: Vendor selling sweet potatoes | Ron becomes a Chinaman | Mastering the chop sticks | The Silk Market
7: Private Tea presentation in the Yu restaurant | Jim blows his nose and immediately gets a plate full of kleenex
8: Sweeping the streets when it rains | Pearl Market | Jim joins Ron in becoming a Chinaman | Painting Kacie's name in Chinese
9: Chinese indoor market area | Barolo restaurant- Italian food in China | Jim turned his air down and got really cold
10: Pedestrian traffic. The #1 leading cause of death in China is getting hit by a car. The cars have the right of way. | Police car, but never heard a siren | China Railway Museum | Beijing
11: Military | China National Flag (large star represents the Communist party, smaller for soldiers,educators,farmers & workers | Beijing Flag | Breakfast cart | Typical school uniforms
12: Tian'an Men Square | Monument to the Heroes | TV screens in the square | The Heavenly Pillar (one of four). The oldest item in the Forbidden City
13: Chairman Mao (1893-1976). Founder of the People's Republic of China in 1949 & one of the founders of the Chinese Communist Party in 1921 | In front of the Hall of Heavenly Purity | Entering the Forbidden City @ the Meridian Gate. The Last Emperor was filmed inside here | The Forbidden City was built between 1406 and 1420. It was the imperial residence of 24 emperors of the Ming & Qing dynasties.
14: Inside the Forbidden City | Emperor's throne
15: Entrance into the Palace of Heavenly Purity where only the emperor can walk over the central axis once a year. | Incense burner
16: Where the Emperor ate with guards standing around | Concubine rooms | Mosaic wall built in the 1400's representing happiness
17: Pavilion of Ten Thousand Springs | Mythical beast are on many buildings within the Forbidden City. The more there were the more important the palace | Inside Imperial Garden
18: Lunch with a local couple in the Hutong area.
19: It was a very small home, but they had set 2 tables for 20. We had 8-10 dishes & beer.
20: Pedicab ride thru the Hutong area of Beijing
21: Shops and market in Hutong | Yes, it's chicken feet
22: Traffic in Beijing | Beijing | Gift from Uniworld. What is it? Actually, found out it was a tissue cover
23: The Red Theater presents "The Legend of Kungfu" | Dinner @ Jeing Xua Restaurant
24: The Great Wall of China | Sections of the wall were first built over 2700 yrs. ago. It is 3,889 miles long. It is the only man made structure seen from space. The higher wall is in Mongolia and the lower wall is in China.
25: First tower | Coming down after climbing the wall
26: White Peacock Artworld Carpet Factory
27: Making of Ming Jars | Lunch @ Jim Dian Gold Hall Restaurant | Jim & Ron react to "fire water"
28: Mr. Tian (our bus driver in Beijing) | Brenda (Zhau Qing Ling) Our Uniworld Guide & Chinese parent for the entire tour | Bamboo (Brenda's assistant)
29: Each animal signifies the style of ruling by the 13 emperors buried here | The turtle is a symbol of long life | Longer beards or bigger bellies represented more wisdom
30: Ron and Jim are considering enlisting | More of Beijing
31: Beijing Bianyifan Roast Duck restaurant known for their Peking Duck. | Duck Head
32: Beijing Zoo | Stages of a baby panda
34: The Summer Palace | The area is the largest landscaped garden in China. It was the summer home for the emperors
35: A covered walk way that is 2,388ft. long and is decorated with around 10,000 individually painted murals, with no two alike.
36: This boat is really made of wood and looks like marble. Great boat to be on if you get sea sick, for it doesn't move.
37: Boats used for tourist on the Kunming Lake to see the Summer Palace areas.
38: Bird Nest where the track and field events were held during the 2008 Summer Olympics | TV tower | Pineapple vendor | Chinese potato salad for lunch | Beautiful Cypress trees everywhere
39: Xi'an, China | Saturday, April 28th | Sofitel Hotel | Our guide in Xi'an, Jerry | An electrical hazard
40: Terracotta Warriors Site is now called the 8th Wonder of theWorld
41: Warriors and horses guard the tomb of Emperor Qin Shi Haung. There are over 7,000+ members of this army. It was first discovered in 1974 by well digging farmers.
42: In the 2nd and 3rd pit they are still uncovering puzzle pieces to be put together.
43: Noodle makers (our lunch) | Standing archer | Charioteer of No.2 Chariot with reins in hands
44: Tang Dynasty Dinner
45: And Show
46: South Gate in the city wall of Xi'an. | April 29th, the beginning of Labor Day holiday | The wall was built in 582 AD
47: The wall is 8.54 miles long and 42 feet wide at the top | Homes and business area in Xi'an. | Bell tower is over 600 yrs. old | The further up a man could reach on the gate door meant how wise he was.
48: Xi'an Imperial Fine Arts Center (jade factory and showroom)
49: Chinese dumpling meal with 11 different dumplings | Snake swig (real snake in there) | Cute glasses!
50: Monks | Da Ci'en Buddhist Temple | Getting Chinese art lessons | Incense to Budda
51: Boarding the Victoria Jenna in Chongquing,China
52: Night views of Chongquing, China | Captain Li Long Hai has worked on the Yangtze for 32 yrs.
53: ShiBaoZhai | Precious Stone Fortress | Monday April 30, 2012 | Modern sampans | Local laundry mat
54: On board fashion show | Moored to another cruise ship (close enough to make new friends from Tennessee | A game of Farkle as it rains
55: Victoria Jenna | Wushan, China Tuesday May 1, 2012
56: Rhesus Monkeys | Cruising up the Lesser Three Gorges of the Daning River | New friends, Arlene & Larry DeYoung from Granbury, Texas
58: Going up the Daning River on a sampan
59: Hanging coffins | Walkways to areas of worship
60: Tram to Wichang | Three Gorges Dam area | Three Gorges Dam
61: The dam is the largest hydroelectric plant in the world w/32 turbines. | There are two sets of lock w/5 locks ea., taking 4 hrs. for a ship to transit
62: Using your imagination it is said the mountain looks like Chairman Mao lying down | Rice patties | Zzzzzz | Zzzzzzz
63: Packaged food for sale at the airport
65: Our Beautiful Hotel | The best buffet ever (was in 5 rooms) | Look @ the mini bar in our room
66: Oriental Pearl TV Tower | Thursday May 3rd | Elevator Shaft | Ron tries to help Jim get over his fear of heights | Looking down
67: The glass observation deck is 840 ft. high with a 360 degree view of Shanghai | Smog prevents clear pictures | Lynda finally gets Jim to the window
68: Shanghai History Museum
69: Huangpu River Walk | Apartments in Shanghai | Laundry day. Clothes hang on bamboo poles | New note taker this year
70: Shang Hai Waima Wharf Silk Museum and Factory | The final stretch in making a comforter
71: Old China town in Shanghai | Thursday, May 3rd
72: Fried baby octopus and baby birds to eat | local vendors
73: Cantonese Dinner @ Wun Chai restaurant | New vegetable that tastes like a water chestnut
74: Shanghai Center Theater presents Shanghai acrobats
75: National flower of China | Peony
76: Lori & Bob Lenz from Williamsburg, VA | Arlene & Larry DeYoung Granbury, TX. | Liz Enas Colorado Springs, Co Susan Asher Quincy, IL | Emmy Lou Swanson Fountain Valley, CA.
77: Linda Carter Fallbrook, CA. Janan Huntsberry San Rafael, CA. | Roger and Ann Prior Kalamazoo, MI. | Kas, Janet, Leslie Agena Honolulu, HI | Bernie and Linda Herpin Colorado Springs,
78: Children of China
79: Love | wisdom | Labor | Laughter | China