China

Beijing

A whirlwind couple of weeks in China. We flew into Beijing, checked into the Renaissance Beijing Capital Hotel before heading out to explore temples, landmark attractions and some wonderful restaurants.  Love the Peking duck just moist and almost falling off the bone.  Five star service in this town all the way.  Everything we needed was within walking distance or just a short cab ride away.  While in the north, we visited Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, The Royal Summer Palace and a number of religious temples.  Night was dedicated to fine dining and musicals.  Lots to do in this town.


Tiananmen Square


The Forbidden City

Visiting the outer gates of the palace, one can truly understand how important security was during the period of history when this fortress was first constructed.  The Forbidden City was the Chinese imperial palace from the Ming dynasty to the end of the Qing dynasty—spanning 492 years between 1420 and 1912.

The architecture and attention to detail is astonishing.  Every little detail and so ornate and colorful.

Below: Open courtyard just entering the city through the gate at Tiananmen Square

Mabel terraces in the courtyard.

Yonghe Temple


Summer Palace


 Xi’an & The Terra-Cotta Warriors


David Loughlin

Emperor Qin’s Tomb:  The Terra-Cotta Army protects the tomb of China’s first emperor.  Behind the scenes look at the restoration project.
I love this archeological site because of the backstage view you have into the restoration side of the dig.
David Loughlin

Rows of soldiers were created to stand guard over the tomb.
David Loughlin


The Great Wall

David Loughlin


Yangtze River Cruise – Chongqing to Shanghai & The Gorges

A decent drive from Xian we arrived in Chongqing around sunset.  From here we will begin our cruise to Shanghai, past numerous small towns, cities, the three gorges before traversing the locks of the Three Gorges Dam.

Chongqing Grand Theater

Waterfront old town at night.


Colors of Sunset on the Yangtze River

Three Gorges Dam


David Loughlin


Shanghai

The floral wall, on the waterfront in Shanghai.
David Loughlin

Taken from boardwalk above the floral wall in Shanghai.

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