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S: IBI July 2011 India -- China

BC: “The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it; for he founded it on the seas and established it on the waters." Psalm 24:1

FC: July 2011 India - China | International Business Institute

1: Metropolitan population: 9million Location: Lying on the coast lines of Indian Ocean and Bay of Bengal. | Arrive Thursday June 30 Friday: Orientation by BCA, Corporate Dinner at Gem Inn with CEOs Saturday: Shopping adventures on the street and T. Nagar Sunday: Church, Mall visit Monday: Class all day at NMS (national management school) Tuesday-Friday mostly just class, visit Gem Granites, and a few other companies Saturday: Mahabilpuram, Dinner at Temple Bay...amazing! Sunday: church (had take shoes off) Monday: 3:00am leave Chennai (we never slept) | India

2: Incredible India | Top Left: View from the school we had our classes in MIddle: STreet view on the way to class Bottom: typical street--large nice buildings in the back, small, street vendor shacks in the front Top Right: Auto rickshaw (3 wheel taxis) these were everywhere

3: "A creative burst of cultures and religions, races and tongues" | Cows and people roamed the streets. Everyone except little children wore pants no matter the temperature.

4: Gem Granite Factory | This is the first Indian business we visited. The workers were excited to show us around. They gave us attractive white hats as gifts and served us snacks at the end. It was not as regulated or as safe as a typical US style factory visit.

5: Bay of Bengal | The CEo of Gem Granites (top right) took us to his house. Which is a mansion and right on the bay of bengal. he served us all fresh coconut and picked a fresh but not so ripe mango for me!

6: More of the property of the CEO of Gem Granite. Bottom right is a place to honor the Hindu gods.

7: The Best Last Night | The last night in Chennai, we went to a hotel right on the beach front. It was SPECTSACULAR. THere was a pool with a place to lay and watch the waves come in, they made us a huge dinner and treated us richly. The night was ended with a spfabulous firework show.

8: Shore Temple | in Mahabalipuram

9: Mahabalipuram was a 7th century port city of the South Indian dynasty of the Pallavas around 60 km south from the city of Chennai in Tamil Nadu. The name Mamallapuram is believed to have been given after the Pallava king Narasimhavarman I, who took on the epithet Maha-malla (great wrestler), as the favourite sport of the Pallavas was wrestling. It has various historic monuments built largely between the 7th and the 9th centuries, and has been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The different sculptures, some half finished, may have been examples of different styles of architecture, probably demonstrated by instructors and practiced on by young students.

10: Stone Carvings in Mahabalipuram

11: Population: 16million Itinerary: Sight-seeing | Delhi

12: Qutab Minar

13: The Qutab Minar is a column built from red and buff sandstone blocks rising to height of 72.5m, making it the highest stone tower in India. It was begun in 1202. In addition to its traditional use for calling the faithful to prayer, it also has a monumental purpose, since a later Nagari inscription calls it Alauld-Din's victory monument. THe iron pillar in the mosque compoind bears a Sanskrit inscription from the 4th century Ad describing the exploits of a ruler named ZChandra, believed to be the Cupta King Chandraguptoa !!. It is built up of many hundreds of small wrought iron blooms welded together and is the largest known composite iron object from so early a period. THe lack of corrosion is attributable to the high corrosion-resistance of wrought iron, climate, and likelihood that it was frequently anointed with ghee (melted butter).

14: Should guilty seek asylum here, Like one pardoned, he becomes free from sin. Should a sinner make his way to this mansion, All his past sins are to be washed away. The sight of this mansion creates sorrowing sighs; And the sun and the moon shed tears from their eyes. In this world this edifice has been made; To display thereby the creator's glory.

15: Taj Mahal

17: Humayun's Tomb | Humayun died in 1556 and his widow Hamida commenced the construction of his tomb fourteen years after his death. It is the first distinct example of proper Mughal style, inspired by Persian architecture.

19: Agra Fort

20: A place for children to learn on the street | Doctor on the side of the road | Stayed on for 30+ min

21: Rickshaw Ride | Jama Mosque (we had to wear coverings and walk barefoot on the burning hot stone floor) | the largest and best-known mosque in India. It lies at the origin of a very busy central street of Old Delhi, the Chawri Bazar Road. The later name, Jama Masjid, is a reference to the weekly Friday noon congregation prayers of Muslims, Jummah, which are usually done at a mosque, the "congregational mosque" or "jmi' masjid". The courtyard of the mosque can hold up to twenty-five thousand worshippers. The mosque also houses several relics in a closet in the north gate, including an antique copy of the Qur'an written on deer skin.

22: Vibrate Life

23: Rupees

25: The Rashtrapati Bhavan (Sanskrit for Presidential House/Palace) or The Official Residence of the Head of the State is the official residence of the President of India, located at Raisina hill in New Delhi, India | Ghandi's Tomb | A place to remember...

26: China | July 14-July 28 Shanghai, Dalian, Beijing

27: Shanghia | World Financial Center--4th tallest building in the world--492m | Oriental Pearl Tower | Glass look-out room in WFC

28: Chinese Acrobatic Show

29: History of the infrastructure and architecture of Shanghai. | This is our hotel-the Seagul. | Urban Planning Museum

30: Tian Hou Silk

31: Watermelon signaled the end of entree dishes | Dessert | 8 people, 8 entrees | Small plates | Authentic Chinese

33: Shanghai, China

34: Jayland Huanghai

36: Yuyuan Bazaar | We flew from Shanghai to Dalian where we had class for a week

37: Bakery run by ex-American for expates- ate pizza and apple pie! | Church we attended -recognized by gov't in Dalian | Smoking inside our hotel, and anywhere you please | Chinese go to the park every single night to dance, sing, play instruments or games

38: Dalian

39: Chinese hold up peace signs in their pictures--kind of like saying "cheese" | City Tour

40: Xinghai Park

42: Train Ride Departure: Dalian Arrival: Beijing Sleep:none People per section: 6 Smells: smoke Potty: squatty Bed Width: 2.5ft

43: Tiananman Square

44: Forbidden City

46: Heavenly Temple

47: Beijing Olympics | The Legend of KUNGFU

48: Juyong Pass

49: Great Wall of China | 1,774 uneven steps

50: The parks in China were remarkable! People of every age come out every single night to dance, play their instrument, or just catch up with friends. | Chinese Parks

51: Cloisonne | Cloisonne is a type of pottery that is hand crafted and painted by the Chinese ladies--the lady in the left is bending wire all sorts of ways to form the flowers and designs on the pots and then other ladies hand fill and paint them in. The numbers on the bottom left were in the elevator of our hotel. They wouldn't put the number 13 or 14 in the elevator, so they used 2E and 2F instead THe bottom right picture is of a chair. But notice, it has double padding/covering. Everywhere I went, the bus, chairs, etc. They had covers covering covers which covered the regular seat. We could never actually use and see the new, beautiful part of the chair.

52: Touring the streets of Beijing | We stopped at a lady's house. It was really small and junky, but apparently one of the more expensive and nicer houses | Beijing Olympic Stadium

53: Pedicab Tour of Beijing Hutongs

54: Final Banquet in China Celebrating my 42 new friendships | Hannah | Triple T | Tian | Eric | Angela/Keri | Emily | Christian G. | Bryan | Chris | Shamus | Christian | Alana

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