S: Catherine and Jen China April 2012
BC: DEPARTED | China | April 2012
FC: China 2012
1: BEIJING | China | ARRIVED 16 April 2012 | Beijing, capital of the People's Republic of China, is the nation's political, economic, cultural, educational and international trade and communication center. Located in northern China, close to the port city of Tianjin Beijing, one of the six ancient cities in China, has been the heart and soul of politics and society throughout its long history and consequently there is an unparalleled wealth of discovery to delight and intrigue travelers as they explore the city's ancient past and exciting modern development.
2: Forbidden City
3: Called Gu Gong in Chinese, was the imperial palace for twenty-four emperors during the Ming and Qing dynasties.
5: Ancient Chinese people displayed their very considerable skills in building the Forbidden City | The Forbidden City complex began in 1407
6: Summer palace
7: The largest and most well-preserved royal park in China, it greatly influences Chinese horticulture and landscape with its famous natural views and cultural interests, which also has long since been recognized as 'The Museum of Royal Gardens'. | The construction started in 1750 as a luxurious royal garden for royal families to rest and entertain.
9: The Summer Palace radiates fully the natural beauty and the grandeur of royal gardens. Composed mainly of Longevity Hill (Wanshou Shan) and Kunming Lake
10: Kunming Lake is the main lake in the park and occupies three quarters of the whole area.
11: The Summer Palace in Beijing is the largest imperial garden in the world, a veritable museum of classical Chinese garden architecture. Its construction was initiated in 1750 by Emperor Qianlong as a birthday gift for his mother.
13: There are over 3,000 man-made ancient structures which count building space of more than 70,000 square meters, including pavilions, towers, bridges, corridors,
14: The Great Wall of China, one of the greatest wonders of the world, Just like a gigantic dragon, the Great Wall winds up and down across deserts, grasslands, mountains and plateaus, stretching approximately 8,851.8 kilometers (5,500 miles) from east to west of China. With a history of more than 2000 years, some of the sections are now in ruins or have disappeared. However, it is still one of the most appealing attractions all around the world owing to its architectural grandeur and historical significance. | The Great Wall
16: Juyongguan Pass, | The extant Juyongguan Pass was built in the Ming Dynasty.
18: Situated in the Xicheng District, Beijing Zoo was the first of its kind to be opened in China. The zoo contains a diverse collection of animals, a number of exhibition halls and some sites of historical interest. The zoo is home to around 450 different species and has a population of some 5,000 animals. Some of the most popular attractions among visitors are the wild and rare animals of China itself, such as the giant pandas, golden monkeys, milu deer and northeast tigers. However, the collection is far from restricted to those species found only in the People's Republic of China; the polar bears, American bison, zebras, kangaroos, giraffes and elephants also draw large crowds. | Beijing Zoo
19: Beijing Zoo | Its all happening at the zoo!
20: maroubra beach
23: Venice of the East
24: Built in 514 BC, Suzhou is an ancient city with a 2,500 years' history. | 42% area of the city is covered by water, including a vast number of ponds and streams. | The double-chessboard layout of the city, with 'the streets and rivers go side by side while the water and land routes run in parallel',
25: Being the cradle of Wu Culture, Suzhou plays a vital role in Chinese cultural history.
26: Lingering Garden
27: Possessing typical Qing style, it is well-known for the exquisite beauty of its magnificent halls, and the various sizes, shapes, and colors of the buildings.
28: China | the Lingering Garden seeks to create stunning natural landscapes within limited space.
30: Silk Factory
32: Rug Factory
35: Life in Longjing Tea Village appears to be idyllic and peaceful. Strong fragrances of freshly cut wood blended in the fresh air with the scent of tea, being roasted everywhere in large vats at the sidewalk.
36: The two precious jade Buddhist statues are not only rare cultural relics but also porcelain artworks. Both the Sitting Buddha and the Recumbent Buddha are carved with whole white jade.
37: Jade Buddha
40: Shanghai, Hu for short. Situated on the estuary of Yangtze River, it serves as the most influential economic, financial, international trade, cultural, science and technology center in East China.
42: Shanghai, literally 'Above the Sea', is a port city on the Huangpu River. One finds the perfect blend of cultures, the modern and the traditional , and the western and the oriental. New skyscrapers and old Shikumen together draw the skyline of Shanghai.
44: The Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses are the most significant archeological excavations of the 20th century. Life size terracotta figures of warriors and horses arranged in battle formations are the star features at the museum. They are replicas of what the imperial guard should look like in those days of pomp and vigor. | Terra Cotta Warriors
46: Altogether over 7,000 pottery soldiers, horses, chariots, and even weapons have been unearthed from these pits. Most of them have been restored to their former grandeur.