China Adventures

The 2004 China adventure was in May 2004. We departed the US on 5/6/04. We spent several days in Japan, visiting Tokyo, Ueno, Hiroshima, and Kyoto. Then we flew to Beijing and visited the Great Wall, the Forbidden Palace, and the Temple of Heaven. We were in China 5 days.

I visited China a second time, in January 2009 to Shanghai. I also traveled to Xi'an.

After a 90 minute taxi ride from Beijing, we took a ski-lift up to the Great Wall at MuTianYu. Ski-lift at the Great Wall.
Great Wall. Great Wall
Great Wall. Great Wall
Great Wall. Great Wall
Great Wall. Great Wall
Great Wall. Great Wall
Entrance to the Forbidden City in Beijing,
across the street from Tienamin Square.
Entrance to the Forbidden City in Beijing
Soldiers in Tienamin Square. Soldiers in Tienamin Square
Red flags in Tienamin Square.
"The East is red."
Red flags in Tienamin Square
Very large stone carving in the Forbidden City. Very large stone carving
Explanation for the very large stone carving. Explanation for the very large stone carving
A painted wall in the Forbidden City. A painted wall in the Forbidden City
Even the Forbidden City is polluted with Starbucks.
Note: As of early July, 2007, in a spirit of cultural purification, Starbucks was removed from the Forbidden City.
Starbucks in the Forbidden City
The Wall of the Nine Dragons in the Forbidden City. The Wall of the Nine Dragons in the Forbidden City
Explanation of the many large bronze vats in the Forbidden City. Explanation of the many large bronze vats in the Forbidden City

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