S: China Adventure 2010
FC: Adventures in China 2010.07.14
1: The Forbidden City & Imperial Palace (Beijing) | Our China adventures began as soon as we landed. We couldn't believe we had actually made it to China! The first people we met were Sienna and Richard with their two kids Stefanie and Adam , Sue and Sonny and Fake Sonny, followed by Elin and her son Jake and finally Winston our tour guide, who we all fell in LOVE with! (he's soo cute!) It didn't take long for us to discover that we weren't in North America anymore. Watermelon became a dessert staple, everywhere we went people wanted to take pictures with us, people constantly squeezed right in front of us in line, and they massaged us with our clothes on! Getting massaged in our hotel room was a night to remember! Between the inability to communicate and the pounding fists, we couldn't stop laughing, and neither could they!
2: We were so happy to be in China! After a quick tour around the area, we survived a rickshaw ride through the busy streets of Beijing.
3: Loving life and China! | 2010.07.16 | Butterfly Spring
4: Seeing some of China's culture was interesting. The Opera was very different than the operas we're used to. At least they had subtitles! (If we could have only stayed awake to read them!) | This part of Beijing, along the river was beautiful!
6: Who knew China was so beautiful?
7: Can you hold all 3? | Fun! | GO!!
8: Cloisonné is an ancient, multi-step technique for decorating metalwork objects. Very interesting! Dollar store fans! 'nough said!
9: Us at the Ming tombs. This is a blue sky by China standards! (Love those fans!)
10: It is hard to describe the wonder and beauty of the Great Wall. There is a saying: "If you haven't climbed the Great Wall, you haven't seen China." We took the word "climb" very loosely. All we could do was stare in awe. Covering 6,352 km, and still standing after 2000 years, built without machinery , how can you not be amazed?
11: China= Happiness | The Great Wall
12: The National Stadium The National Stadium is dubbed the "bird's nest" because of its innovative grid formation. It was home to the 29th Olympic games in 2008
13: Lovely lotus flowers
14: "Monkeys, Caves, and Views, Oh My!" | The 3 days we spent on the river cruise were some of our best! From shopping for hand painted art, to finding cute notes from our maid, our adventure continued, with great stops along the way. Richard, or should I say Ricardo, along with Sienna ,always made it fun! We drank countless bottles of wine, and after a few, realized that our trip might just be a conspiracy to hide the "real China".
15: The views of the 3 gorges were spectacular! 2010.07.18
16: An Authentic Experience!
17: What a delight to experience these traditional fishermen boats down the Yangtze!
18: July 19th, 2010 (I turned 31)
19: Elin is always trying to bargain! | Hanging coffins
20: The Snow Jade Caves were an incredible experience. Discovered in the mid-1990's, the cave is over 1,022 miles long.
21: The Snow Jade Caves
22: Down the Yangtze we went. Apparently while we were learning how to tie scarfs, the news at home spoke of major storms. Although we did see the occasional pig floating by, we barely saw a cloud! | Our River Boat
23: We couldn't get on our facebook, it was near impossible to find a computer to check email, but somehow we were able to use our Canadian Cell Phone! Hi Jord! | 2010.07.21
25: One of our favourite moments was visiting these adorable kids!
27: Here in China, Green tea cures everything! It will even cancel out vodka!
28: Wandering through the streets of the "Asian Venice" (Wuzhen)
30: As we continued to journey through China, our hotels kept getting more, and more spectacular! We finally arrived in Shanghai and went to visit the world expo. Our Canadian passports got us straight into Canada, and somehow we charmed our way in past the lines and into the Israeli pavilion. After loosing our peeps for hours we finally found them and bypassed the 8 hour line straight into the China pavilion. My favourite part: the food in ShriLanka and the buildings (they were more amazing from the outside than in). We also loved "Old Shanghai", where we shopped, took in great views, and tried to score dumplings without waiting in that crazy line. We failed! (Why are the Chinese allowed to cut the line everywhere, but we can't?) Lindsay, we'll be back for the purse!
31: it's always spring in a mother's heart
32: Interesting... Some of the funniest , most interesting , cute and overwhelming things we were able to capture on our trip: live insects and lotus flowers for sale, a live silkworm, a Chinese Starbucks, live pigs being transported on the highway, Max eating a live silkworm, matching couples t-shirts, a power toilet equipped with heated seats, a washer and drier, a man carrying all that by hand, a peacock wandering in the park, the cutest puppy ever, fresh water pearls as they are cracked open from an oyster, and the very busy Nanjing Rd.
34: We couldn't eat any more Chinese food! But, we didn't realize that pizza delivery took 2 hours in China! (and they didn't even bring us watermelon!) right: pearl-bargaining on Nanjing Rd. | Shanghai
35: We sent the husbands on an "amazing race" before meeting them at the hotel and going to the acrobat show. The end of an Amazing Trip,l and the beginning of a new adventure,...off to South East Asia! | Our China Family | Last stop! :(