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CHINESE TAKE-AWAYS---------SOME FINAL THOUGHTS

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We have an assortment of pictures that we thought were kind of interesting and fun. For the most part they are self explanatory, or so we thought, and in any case you can figure them out.

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Guess who came ready for bed?

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A contrast in the Forbidden City, a very modern wedding dress.

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There was always a search for a 5 star.

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And so we say goodbye.

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Posted by keithandhelen 16:29 Archived in China Comments (1)

THE YANGTZE----CRUISING DOWN THE RIVER ON A SUNDAY AFTERNOON

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For three days we took a relaxing Yangtze River Cruise. At 6,300 km it is the longest river in China, its river basin covers 1/5th of the country's territory.

We traveled only 650 km, seeing the diversity of China along the way.

Our ship was very comfortable and we enjoyed the quiet on the river.

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The river was always busy but quiet.

Fully packed from top to bottom with new cars on a very smoggy morning.

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Boats of all varieties. Can you see the tourist one?

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And the scenery was ever changing. You can see the high watermark, it varies according to the controls at the dam.

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There were several burial caves high up on the walls of the gorges, these were used in ancient times - and you can even see the stairs carved into the sides of the cliff.

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We took a side excursion up the Shennong Stream, in the most rickety boats you have ever seen. They use the traditional methods of rowing, and pulling from the shore, to navigate the stream. Ours is the fancy one on the far right.

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Just to prove we really did get into the boat!

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Along the way we passed mountains covered with carpet bamboo, which is the natural habitat for the pandas.

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Our wonderful, relaxing cruise, ended with our van breaking down on the side of the highway on our way to the airport, enroute to Shanghai.

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We were there until well after dark, waiting for our replacement van. Amazingly, after our tour guide Adam checked us in to the flight on the side of the road, in the dark, with his cell phone; and then RUNNING through the airport following a China Eastern Airline staff member...we made the flight with a minute to spare.

It is all part of the adventure!

Posted by keithandhelen 16:21 Archived in China Comments (1)

CHONGQING-----GETTING READY TO CRUISE THE YANGTZE

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After another early flight (up at 4am) we immediately had lunch so that our visit to the PANDA ZOO would find them awake when we get there. They are very predictable, waking from their nap at 2 pm and indulging in one of their three daily activities, eating. The other two are sleeping and pooping.

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We spent the afternoon admiring the architecture of the city square from the only place Helen could get a cold drink.

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Now, we would like to introduce you to the eight people in our tour group. The guides really like that we were such a small group because normally they were herding groups of thirty or more, as well, eight is a very lucky number in China.

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Our last stop in Chongqing was the Huguang Guild Hall, built in the 1700's during the Ting dynasty. It was home to immigrants from 4 southern provinces who moved to the area. The complex included houses, shops, and prayer houses and was the centre of life for those who lived there.
It is now a museum, as it is a restored example of Chinese architecture. The roof lines were of particular interest to us.

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At the end of the day we wave goodbye to Chongqing and get on our cruise ship for the start of three days on the Yangtze River.

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See you tomorrow on the Yangtze River.

Posted by keithandhelen 13:59 Archived in China Comments (4)

SHANGHAI ARCHITECTURE---------A CONTRAST IN THE NEW AND OLD

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Every street amazed us. A busy but efficient road system with lots of green, pedestrian overpasses and an impressive city scape.

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Posted by keithandhelen 19:39 Archived in China Comments (1)

AROUND CHINA-------A BIT OF THIS AND THAT

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We have some pictures that don't fit in any special places but we found them interesting-----so here they are!

Modern motorized tuk tuk.

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A reminder!

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Wangfujing Street where you can buy anything to eat.
Do you see the scorpions, star fish and locusts.......yum yum.

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Cloisonne workshop. This is one of 600 being made as gifts for dignitaries at the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics

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A grumpy fruit seller.

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One of many Lotus ponds.

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Tea Plantation

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A smog free sunset!

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Posted by keithandhelen 18:51 Archived in China Comments (2)

A TALE OF TWO BUDDAHS

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We visited 2 Buddah temple sites. The first, in Wuxi, was officially a Buddist Conference Centre (like they have loads of conferences), It was very beautiful and opulent. Paid for by the Government it was clear that money was no object.

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All the Chinese zodiac signs were represented in cloisione statues - this year, the Year of the Monkey, had a special display.

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Once daily the Lotus Flower opens along with music, fountains, and doves. As it opens the Baby Buddah appears and the fountains wash it to prepare it for its new life.

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This is the largest free standing Buddah and if you have a few million dollars you can inscribe the names of your family members on the lotus leaves at the base. We have taken advantage of this offer.

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This is a picture of the 4 Buddahs----Dave and I are with our Tour Guide Antony. Meanwhile, Helen and Dianna wait to get back on the trolly.

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THE SECOND BUDDAH SITE WAS IN HANGZOU. The site has been a Buddahist temple since 969 AD. It once housed 3000 monks though is now much reduced in size. it was damaged extensively in rebellions in the 19th century and later by fire. Luckily it was protected during the cultural revolution.

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Posted by keithandhelen 18:49 Archived in China Comments (1)

WUXI----------ANOTHER MODEST TOWN OF 6 MILLION PEOPLE

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We begin our day with a visit to Turtle Head Park, on the edge of Taihu Lake, one of the largest lakes in China. We arrived to find hundreds of elementary school students all having a wonderful time. It is 'Student Sharing Day', where all the students get together and share the food and snacks that they have brought with them - this is a government initiative to teach the students to share. Our travelling companions, Dave, Patrick, Dante, as well as myself decided to share ourselves in one class picture.

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As the park was full of children, there was lots of vendors selling toys and snacks.

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We did find a quiet spot by a lotus pond with a beautifully made silk dragon.

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SUZHU-------A MODEST TOWN OF ONLY 6 MILLION PEOPLE

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After a late night arrival in Shanghai we had a relaxing drive to Suzhu. Our first stop was a short ride down the Grand Canal. Building of this canal between Beijing and Shanghai started in 486 BC and was completed in the 13th century. It is 1900 km long and brought prosperity to Suzhou as silk could be exported to the north and eventually to Europe along the Silk Road.

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Our next stop is the Master Of The Nets Garden, built in 1140, and renovated in 1770. One of the owners wanted to become a fisherman, hence the name. We were surprised to find this peaceful oasis hidden away in the midst of this busy city. The garden has all the elements of a traditional Chinese garden; rocks, water, paths and bridges, pavillions, plants, and patterned screens.

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As a contrast we ended our day gathering with everyone, watching the sunset on the shores of Golden Cock Lake scenic area.

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What you can do with mud................THE TERRACOTTA ARMY

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Remember the tyrant Emperor Qin who built the great wall. Well, here he is again. Because he made so many enemies during his lifetime, he built a Terracotta Army to protect him in the afterlife.

Lets jump ahead to 1974 when a farmer, digging for water, unearthed pieces of pottery. Recognizing the potential significance he took them to the village head. Jump ahead again to today and we have a site that welcomes over one hundred thousand visitors a day.

There are 3 pits with pit 1 being the largest excavation to date. Here there is a total of 2 thousand restored full sized terracotta figures of soldiers, archers, chariots with horses and drivers, and 1 general. When the pit 1 excavation is complete they anticipate there will be 8000 warriors. Archaeologists are currently excavating all 3 pits

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Emperor Qin's actual burial site is about 10 kilometers away. Scientists are currently working on developing techniques to safely excavate the tomb as it is believed to contain massive amounts of mercury. These brass figures were found in excavations adjacent to his tomb.

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Terracotta Warriors are big business. You can buy mini to full-sized replicas as souvenirs -- something you have always wanted.

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THE INCREDIBLE GREAT WALL Of CHINA

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We can hardly believe that we were standing on the Great Wall of China. It was created by Emperor Qin after he unified China in 200 BC. This is the same man who was a nasty tyrant and had great ideas. More about him after we go to the Terracotta Warriors. It was expanded to encompass Beijing in the 1500's during the Ming Dynasty and stretches from Korea to Kazakhstan.

Here we are! We didn't climb to the end as it is 12500 km long and we didn't have that much time. However, we did climb up and took some pictures. Please look at them closely as you will see people climbing in all of them.

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