S: Exotik China
BC: I saw a traditional China, | and a modern giant. | Chinese flag on the Li River Boat. | Jade carving in the Forbidden City | a proud country, | Shanghai towers
FC: Exotik China | April 2011
1: Our first morning in the Forbidden City whetted our appetites for Chinese History and Culture. | The male lion has a globe underfoot; the female, a baby. | Beijing
2: We practice Tai-Chi before ascending. | We climbed only a small portion of this magnificent site. | The Great Wall of China | The base at Badaling
3: The Ming Tomb | We traveled north of Beijing to these spots. | The Tower at the South end of the Sacred Way | The Sacred Way
4: Shopping for Pearls | The Dragon Lady's Summer Palace | The Temple of Heaven | We traveled far and wide to see the highlights of Beijing.
5: Beijing City Plan | Dancing Waiters in the Hutong. | The Olympic Stadium, the Bird's Nest
6: Our second stop: Xian, a walled city, | In the city, we visited the Shaanxi Provincial Museum and the Big Wild Goose Pagoda. | Xian | The wall is the best preserved in China.
7: The Terracotta Warrior Site was massive with large parts of it yet to be excavated. | Each warrior has to be painstakenly pieced together. | We journeyed east to see this UNESCO World Heritage Site.
8: Guilin | Our first stop was Elephant Trunk Hill Park. These three photos were taken there.
9: Another impressive sight was the Reed Flute Cave.
10: The Li River Cruise was a welcome peaceful day in our very busy itinerary. | A boat just like ours. | A man with cormorants | The water was so still, it created a mirror like effect.
11: The mountains provide a beautiful backdrop. | After the cruise, we visited the countryside outside of Xingping. | There was a very good street market in Xingping.
12: The city combines Modern, European and Chinese architecture. | Shanghai | Sculptures in the French Quarter. | View across the Huangpu River , from the Bund | Old Shanghai Tea House
13: Inside the Jade Buddha Temple | I get longevity by placing my hand here. | The Shanghai Museum | The view across the Huanpu River, from the Bund.
14: The view from the bus. | The view from the sampan. | The river town of Zhujiajiao. | This place was like a Chinese Venice. | Gardens | Shanghai Excursion
15: Shanghai offers infinite variety. | Yu Yuan Garden | Silk Factory | River Cruise | Cafe in French Quarter | The Jade Buddha Temple | Reclining Buddha
16: Hong Kong | The Forever Blooming Bahemia Sculpture | The Plaza at the Convention Centre. | The Tallest Building in the mist.
17: Lazer Show at Night, as seen from the Harbour | The Floating Restaurant | View from the Stubbs Road Lookout
18: Our Guides | Joy with tea hostess in Guilin | John in Shanghai | Wu with lunch hostess in Xian | Tony with the group in Beijing. | May in misty Hong Kong.
19: Minor Guides and Hostesses | Hutong Owner | Chinese Foot Massager | Hutong Guide | Rice Paddy Homeowner | Terracotta Factory Hostess | Silk Factory Hostess
20: Local folk at work and play.
21: More of the locals.
22: Arts and Culture | The Shanghai Acrobats. | Putting on Makeup before the Monkey King performance | The Great Tang Rites and Music in Xian. | Performer at the Beijung Opera | China is...
23: Spectacular Gardens. | At Elephant Tree Hill in Guilin | At the former residence of Soong Ching Ling | Shanghai's Yuyuan Garden | In the Forbidden City | At the Summer Palace | Zhujiajiao's Kehzi Garden | China is...
24: The Molson's Foursome | On a boat at the Summer Palace in Beijing. | On the Great Wall of China near Badaling. | With the Terracotta Warriors in the background in Xian
25: On the Li River Cruise. | At the tea plantation in Guilin. | At Hongkong Harbour.
27: Special thanks to Susan who planted the seed | and to my roomie, Regan, who made it possible to go.