S: Our Trip to China 2012
BC: Photographed and Designed by Joseph A Romano | 2012
FC: Linda and Joseph Romano | Our Trip to China | CHINA | Romano | April 2012
1: Our Trip to China 2012 Hong Kong Shanghai Zhouzhuang Wuhan Yueyang 3 Gorges Dam Xiling Gorge Wu/Qutang Gorges Lesser Three Gorges Shibaozhai Chongquing Xi'an Beijing | Our itinerary reflected many of China's key highlights. We explored cosmopolitan Hong Kong and Shanghai; sailed the Yangzte River from Wuhan to Chongqing through the scenic Three Gorges and Lesser Gorges; visited the majestic Three Gorges Dam: enjoyed Xi'an and studied the faces of thousands of Terra Cotta Warriors; and in Beijing climbed The Great Wall, explored The Forbidden City, toured the majestic Summer Palace, and walked through infamous Tiananmen Square. April 15 - May 3, 2012
2: The name Kowloon stems from the nine dragons, a term which refers to eight mountains and a Chinese emperor. | United | Hong Kong
3: We finally arrived after 17+ hours...
4: This exciting city offers something for everyone... shopping is a key part of Hong Kong... and bargaining is fun! | Harbor Light Show | Hong Kong
6: DIM SUM A Cantonese custom, DIM SUM is linked to the Chinese tradition of "yum cha" or drinking tea and teahouses accommodated travelers along the Silk Road. | Harold Corbran | Eileen Corbran | Linda
7: Victoria Peak on Hong Kong Island, "The Peak" is 1811 feet high. Original wealthy residents were carried up on sedan chairs.
8: We came... we walked... we laughed... we shopped... enjoying The Jade Market... | ...the street markets... and The Temple Night Market.
9: One of Hong Kong's most colorful streets, the Flower Market...
10: ...the Flower Market offers exotic and aromatic flora... adjacent to The Bird Market.
12: Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth.
13: Tian Tan "BIG" Buddha at the Po Lin Monastery
14: Shanghai, Hu for short, is an international metropolis serving as the most influential economic, financial, cultural and technology center in East China. Shanghai is the largest city by population in the PRC with a total population of approaching 33 million. | People's Republic of China | Joseph & Linda Romano
15: Alex | Shanghai
16: Walking The French Concession and Shanghai City | Recommended by local police officer...
18: Alex Xue escorted us for 2 days throughout Shanghai... to the Fabric Market, Old Shanghai, Jade Buddha Temple, Yuyunan Gardens, The Bund, Xintiandi Hutong... more. We enjoyed the sights, sounds, people and food. The next day we went to Zhouzhuang, an ancient River Town to experience "Old World China".
19: Old Shanghai Yummies... | Dumpling Chef...
20: Lu Bo Lang Teahouse
21: The Bund | Good Morning to you...too!
22: Yuyuan Garden private garden of Pan Yunduan
24: Jade Buddha Temple
25: DGH Tailors @ The Fabric Market | Xintiandi Hutong
28: O | Old World China
29: Viking Tour Guide "Terri" | That evening we joined the Viking Tour and the Fallones at the Portman Ritz Carlton. The next day we revisited The Bund, stopping for city views; Old Shanghai, and Yuyuan Gardens. Then we enjoyed the Shanghai Museum. That evening we saw the world-famous Shanghai Acrobatic Troupe.
30: Bob and Jane | Handcrafted silk factory tour... Lazy Susan lunch... then our flight to Wuhan... | Silk Worms...
32: Hubei Provincial Museum | Hubei Bells 400BC | Wuhan is the capital of Hubei Province and the most populous city in central China - nearly ten million people. It is sometimes called the "Chicago of China".
33: Tonight we transferred to the "Viking Century Emerald" and set sail . . . | Yangtze River Cruise | S | Susan and Hugh
35: For the first 1 - 1 1/2 days we relaxed, enjoyed the commercial scenery of the Yangtze River... on board dining, and reflected upon our previous days.
36: Yueyang Viking River Elementary School . . . Wonderful Children
38: Gezhouba Dam is located in the western suburbs of Yichang City in Hubei province was completed in 1988.
41: Three Gorges Dam Locks
42: Wu and Qutang Gorges
43: The river water of Daning River is emerald green; the mountainside is covered with lush green vegetation called Cloud and Mist Tea. This kind of tea is required to be planted on cliffs in a cloudy and misty environment.
44: Party Onboard... Maggie entertains us after serving our meals... delightful! | I Did It My Way...
45: Final day cruising . . . beautiful and relaxing.
47: A pagoda is a term for a tiered tower with multiple eaves common in Asia. Most pagodas were built to have a religious function, commonly Buddhist, and are often located near temples.
48: Chongqing is one of the most notable cities for history and culture in China serving as the economic center of the upstream Yangtze area. | Laundry...
49: Panda Exhibit | City Hall
50: X | Xi'an
51: The Terra Cotta Warriors are a collection of sculptures depicting the armies of Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China. It is a form of funerary art buried with the emperor in 210–209 BCE whose purpose was to protect the emperor in his afterlife, and to make sure that he had people to rule over.
54: Our final intra-China flight to Beijing... Capital City | Olympic Stadium | Peking Duck
55: Badaling Hills
56: The Great Wall of China is a series of fortifications made of stone, brick, tamped earth, wood, and other materials along the east-west northern borders .
57: Several walls were being built as early as the 7th century BCE and later joined.
58: The Great Wall was used for border control insuring the imposition of duties on goods transported along the Silk Road.
59: The Great Wall stretches from Shahaiguan to Lop Lake almost 6200 miles long. | May Day 2012
60: Chinese Philosophy & Interests... | Tiananmen
61: I dream of Change... | Square | Tiananmen Square in the center of Beijing is named after the Tiananmen Gate (Gate of Heavenly Peace) separating it from the Forbidden City. Tiananmen Square is the third largest city square in the world.
62: Ming Dynasty Built 1406 980 Buildings
63: The Forbidden City
64: Imperial Tombs of the Ming and Qing Dynasties on the slope of Tianshou was based on feng shui principles when the capital moved from Nanjing to Beijing. Thirteen Ming Emperors were buried in this area.
67: The Summer Palace is dominated by Longevity Hill and man made Kunming Lake. The Summer Palace is a natural landscape of hills and water combined with pavilions, halls, palaces, temples and bridges.
69: The End ---- Good Night !