China Holiday page.
This was a fantastic holiday. I have always been interested in Chinese history so we decided that a perfect holiday treat would be to visit China and see it for real. The holiday was organised by Wendy Wu and we would highly recommend them.
1 to 31, are all in and around Beijing. This was a small local park near our hotel, with the flag of the People's Republic of China behind us.
2. Notice the snow behind us, the locals said it is at least a month early. After we had visited Xian, the snow was so heavy they closed the airport for a week, therefore all the tours missed the Terracotta warriers!! How sad is that.
3 to 10 are of Tiananmen Square. This is a really large paved area, covering nearly 110 acres, (Tiananmen Square is the largest public space in the world) and full of thousands of people, quite a sight/site.
4. Queuing to see Chairman Mao, at least 4 to 8 hours queuing, then only 10 secs to pay your respects!! I'd have loved to see old Mao but didn't have the time.
5. Chairman Mao’s Mausoleum
6. These columns were all around 3 sides of the square. 56 giant columns – erected during the 60th Anniversary to celebrate China’s ethnic diversity - one for each.
8. The Stylite with the Museum in the background
9. Tiananmen Gate.
10. Wumen, the Meridian Gate, is the southern entrance into the Forbidden City.
11 to 13 are of the Forbidden City. It was very early (and cold) when we arrived but not to crowded. A week after us president obama visited, he had no trouble with the masses, they closed it just for him!! This is taken from the Hall of Supreme Harmony looking at the main palace of the Forbidden City.
12. Chinese Fu dog, female as there's a cub under her paw, the male has a ball/globe/orb under in's paw. The chinese have these at the enterances to buildings to stop bad sprits entering. I really like these and want some for myself, but not quite this big!!
16. Rickshaw ride through the traditional Hutong areas
17. Temple of Heaven.
18 to 22 are of the magnificent Great Wall
19.The most visited section of the Great Wall is in Badaling, close to Beijing, which was built during the Ming Dynasty.
20. The Great Wall of China is also known as the wanli changcheng or Long Wall of 10,000 Li (a li is a measure of distance, approximately 1/3 of a mile). The main wall is around 2,145 miles long with an extra 1,770 miles of branches and spurs.
21. Before the Ming dynasty, the wall was built with rammed earth, adobe, and stone. About 70% is made from rammed earth and adobe. Bricks were used after the Ming dynasty
22. During its construction, the Great Wall was called “the longest cemetery on earth” because so many people died building it. Reportedly, it cost the lives of more than one million people
23 to 26 are of the Summer Palace
24. The marble boat built using money that had been earmarked for the creation of a modern Chinese Navy!!
25. Water levels are always low during the winter, so the 'boat' is marooned.
27. Pangu Hotel, 7 star, yes 7 star hotel - unfortunately we didn't stay there.
28. The bird nest, the 2008 Olympic stadium
30 and 31, Chinese Acrobatic show
32 to 49, in and around the ancient capital of Xian
33. One of the Gates on Xian City Wall.
34 Xian's Ancient City Wall, it's nearly 14km long and the most complete that has survived in China, as well being one of the largest ancient military defensive systems in the world.
35. This shopping and appartment complex looks old, but it's been built in the style of the surrounding buildings, even the chineses have started to appriciate their culture.
36. That's me - terry Cotta Earwicker!!
37. Nattie Cotta Earwicker
38. The Terracotta Army was buried with the Emperor of Qin (Qin Shi Huangdi) in 210-209 BC. The terracotta figures, dating from 210 BC, were discovered in 1974 by some local farmers near Xi'an, Shaanxi province. The figures include strong warriors, chariots, horses, officials, acrobats, strongmen, and musicians. Current estimates are that in the three pits containing the Terracotta Army there were over 8,000 soldiers, 130 chariots with 520 horses and 150 cavalry horses, the majority of which are still buried in the pits
39. The terracotta figures were manufactured both in workshops by government laborers and also by local craftsmen. The head, arms, legs and torsos were created separately and then assembled. Studies show that eight face moulds were most likely used, and then clay was added to provide individual facial features. Upon completion, the terracotta figures were placed in the pits in precise military formation according to rank and duty.
40. Some time in the past this burial chamber was dug right in the middle of the warriers!
41. The original weapons were stolen by robbers shortly after the creation of the army and the coloring has faded greatly.
42. General Xiang Yu, who raided the tomb less than five years after the death of the First Emperor, smashing the figures and looting of the tomb and structures holding the Terracotta Army, as well as setting fire to the necropolis and starting a blaze that lasted for three months.
43. Recently restored warriers.
44. If you look closely you can see parts of these reconstucted figures are missing.
45. How they looked before restoration, only one out of the 8000+ figures was undamaged.
48. The statues include many of the different military units in the Emperor's army at the time. Here we see a four horse war chariot with mounts.
49. Any one for tea?
50. Now boys and girls, pay attention... A classroom in the Great Mosque in the Muslim Quarter
52 and 53, the Islamic food markets
53. See the flames shooting out over the pavement!!
54 to 71, Yangtze River Cruise, here at the Three Gorges Dam, this is the last of 5 massive locks
57a. This is 'Jane' are table waitress
62 to 69, the 'Ghost City' of Fengdu with its captivating temples. Located on the northern bank of the Yangtze River, Fengdu became known as Ghost City in the Tang Dynasty (618-907) when two officials from the Imperial court married and settled on Mt. Minshan just outside the city. Combined, their surnames, Yin and Wang, sound like King of Hell in Chinese.
63. Well known as the resting place of the spirit of the dead, Fengdu is now the most characteristic and reputed historic and cultural town in China.
64. Later, during the Tang Dynasty, a stupendous temple was erected on Ming Mountain depicting life in hell. It displays demonic images and torture devices and reflects the notion that good people will be treated well in the afterlife and that bad people will be punished by going to hell. In the Chinese vision of the afterlife, the dead (or ghosts) must undergo three major tests to enter the netherworld. These tests are taken at three locations - Nothing-To-Be-Done-Bridge; Ghost Torturing Pass and the Tianzi (son of heaven) Palace.
69. The Victoria Star, built in 1994 and refitted in 2003 with a crew of 121 and 206 passengers
70. 32 million live in Chongqing city!!
71. The Panda House at Chongqing Zoo
72. The beautiful city of Guilin. As the famous tourism city in China, Gulin has long enjoyed the reputation that "Guilin wins the world for its mountains and waters".
74 to 81. Cruising the stunning Li River and enjoy the breathtaking landscape of beautiful limestone hills, tranquil fishing scenes and picturesque villages
77. Guilin is a typical karst landform area. Several hundred million years ago, it was a sea here, under which there were accumulated limestone layers a few thousand metres thick. In the movement of the earth's crust, rocks deep down below the sea surged up and the sea gave way to the land. Then, about another 70 million years had passed before the landscape of Guilin developed, with the help of the natural elements of wind and rain, into a wonderland of weird shaped and isolated peaks and bizarre and fantastic-looking caves amidst limpid waters and nice fields.
80. These limestone hills are so famous the appear on the Chinese bank notes.
81. In Guilin, cormorant birds are famous for fishing on the shallow Rivers
82 to 90, in and around the town of Yangshuo. Typical Chinese hotel room. I really could live in this part of China - it's beautiful!!
84 to 88, traditional Farm house, the still love Chairman Mao 'cos he gave them their land
88. When you get to 60 they start to make your coffin, and paint it every year until you die!!
89. the lush green rice paddies of Southern China
90. He has to do all the work now as his sons work in the local hotel - more money there!!
91. Back to Guilin to visit the stunning stalagmites and stalactites of the colourful Reed Flute Caves
92. The reed flute cave is over 180 million years old. It was discovered in the 1940s by a group of refugees.
93 to 102 the cosmopolitan city of Shanghai, also known as the ‘Paris of the East’. The Oriental Pearl Tower is the 3rd tallest building in the world!!
95. the beautiful Yu Gardens
101 This couple were getting married on the famous Bund area.
103. Hainan Island in the South China Sea.
106. the five-star Crowne Plaza Hotel at Yalong Bay.
www.Wendy Wu.co.uk/   To see itenerary of the China Tour.
Created Wed Oct 29 19:11:58 2003