Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Beijing, China

Welcome to China!
Palace where one of the many Emperor's tombs was located.

These are replicates of what the Emperor's treasure chests looked like. Visitors have thrown money onto the chests as a form of gratitude and respect.

Emperor's Throne Chair

Squat or Sit?? Well, unfortunately most places we visited in China the choice was to squat. Yes, that's right, squat. If you haven't squatted in China, well then you are missing out. It's quite the experience.

The Great Wall!! One of the great beauty's of this world. It truly is a magnificent site to see and worth the trip to China

Chains that line the wall with messages written on them.
Look how steep the stairs were... yes we climbed them!

Tiananmen Square
Our tour guide told us that if two people were to stand on each cement block in Tiananmen Square that it would hold one million people at one time.

The beginning of the Forbidden City.
Disclaimer: In case you are wondering, no, this is not bad picture quality. That is indeed smog you notice. We never actually saw a blue sky or the sun for the four days we were in Bejing.

Palace inside the Forbidden City in Bejing...notice the large amount of tourists.

This is part of a Chinese Village that is still being preserved today in it's original design. This housing used to belong to Chinese Nobles and is to this day very expensive to live in. Most families share housing by owning one room per family.

This was in the center of the old Chinese village that we toured. This lake ran through the center of the village that was located on both sides. We actually all took a bike tour (on rickshaws)through the village in the rain.
One of the many beautiful palace buildings. Notice the bright colors.
Mythical creatures like the one above are located outside palace entrances for protection. They are designed to look as though they are made up of different body parts of several animals such as a dragon body and a lion head.

This man was so cute and as soon as we took his picture he smiled at us, it was priceless!
We walked down the longest hallway in the world which was located at the summer palace. The ceilings were beautifully handpainted and every picure was uniquely different.
Beautiful lake behind the Summer Palace where the Former Emperor of China would stay during the summer. The Emperors mother would be transported to the palace in secrecy by boat.

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