China on my mind..

Ok so I had so many photos I thought I might post some more in a blog. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did being there.

A beautiful display and more stairs

A beautiful display and more stairs

The more animals on your roof the more important the building. This one was very important

The more animals on your roof the more important the building. This one was very important.

I loved the big red doors in China.

I loved the big red doors in China.

The South Gate at night in Xi'an.

The South Gate at night in Xi’an.

You can see the state of the warriors when they are unearthed. A lot of work goes into reconstructing them.

You can see the state of the warriors when they are unearthed. A lot of work goes into reconstructing them.

The Warriors had colour painted on them but after a short time of being exposed to the air it all faded. They are trying to work out a way of preserving the colours on the ones that haven’t been dug up yet.

Two of these were also unearthed. Made out of bronze it is quite spectacular up close.

Two of these were also unearthed. Made out of bronze it is quite spectacular up close.

This was one of 8 poles either side of a memorial. They changed colours and had many different looks, from bricks to flowers.

This was one of 8 poles either side of a memorial. They changed colours and had many different looks, from bricks (as above) to flowers.

The moat around the Xi'an Wall. You can see how smoggy it is.

The moat around the Xi’an Wall. You can see how smoggy it is.

This ladies job is to do the outlines on the lacquer pieces.

This ladies job is to do the outlines on the lacquer pieces.

This guy adds the colour.

This guy adds the colour.

I would have loved to bring this beautiful piece home, but it was over $1000....

I would have loved to bring this beautiful piece home, but it was over $1000….

Old buildings mixed with new.

Old buildings mixed with new.

Camels also feature in their artwork as they were vital to the Silk Road trade.

Camels also feature in their artwork as they were vital to the Silk Road trade.

The Pagoda at the Summer Palace. This is perched on a man made mountain.

The Pagoda at the Summer Palace. This is perched on a man made mountain.

When the Emperor decided to build the Summer Palace he wanted this Pagoda to sit on a mountain, beside a lake. He got his people to dig out a vast lake and used the soil to build the mountain.

Tea anyone?

Tea anyone?

This is a marble boat that the Emperor had built so he could sit and have tea with his concubines and admire the lake. It was also a symbol of his power.

The walkway at the Summer Palace.

The walkway at the Summer Palace.

This walkway connects one side of the palace to the other and is about 175 metres long… it is the Guinness Book of Records as the longest in the world.

There are paintings, by famous painters of the period, along the entire length.

There are paintings, by famous painters of the period, along the entire length.

This is the inside of one of the many little pagodas inserted into the walk along the way.

This is the inside of one of the many little pagodas inserted into the walk along the way.

Th Forbidden City

Th Forbidden City

You walk through the red wall into the Forbidden City. If you squint your eyes you can see the large picture of Chairman Mao. You walk in the front and come out the back. It is a vast area. I could have spent hours just wandering around looking.

The first courtyard.

The first courtyard.

This is the concubines area.  There are passage ways off to the left that led to living quarters.

This is the concubines area. There are passage ways off to the left that led to living quarters.

China's version of Hollywood :)

China’s version of Hollywood 🙂

The Yangtze Gold 7, our cruise ship.

The Yangtze Gold 7, our cruise ship.

Stairwell in the cruise ship

Stairwell in the cruise ship

One of the doors in the Locks.

One of the doors in the Locks.

We thought we would have a look at one of the lock doors opening, but it was so fascinating that we stayed for 3 of them. Once the doors are shut behind the boat it only took a few minutes to rapidly rise up 22 metres.

Our ship would end up at the top of that wall.

Our ship would end up at the top of that wall.

It was lovely to sit on the balcony and watch some beautiful scenery go by.

It was lovely to sit on the balcony and watch some beautiful scenery go by.

More scenery...

More scenery…

I love their architecture. Even a walkway is pretty

I love their architecture. Even a walkway is pretty

Building in Chongqing, where 33 million people call home.

Building in Chongqing, where 33 million people call home.

This is the outskirts of Chongqing. We photographed this the night before we birthed.

This is the outskirts of Chongqing. We photographed this the night before we birthed.

We thought this was a different city to Chongqing, but when we asked what it was called our tour guide said it was the outskirts of Chongqing. We sailed all night and birthed in the morning, so you can get an idea of just how huge that city is…

Oh no, not more bloody stairs!

Oh no, not more bloody stairs!

I would gladly go back and climb more stairs, just to see more of this amazing country.

 

 

 

10 thoughts on “China on my mind..

  1. The Chinese landscape is unique isn’t it – so ethereal in all the mist. It sounds like you had a wonderful time [except for the smog] and saw so much. Must have been a wonderful experience! I don’t think I would be able to cope with the sheer numbers of humans though, my mind can’t cope with cities made of more than 20 million people – heck we don’t have that many sheep!

    • Too true about all the people! Sometimes we just liked to sit in our room, away from the maddening crowd lol. The traffic was a nightmare and they just dash in front, squeezing through tiny gaps to get ahead. The drivers are very tolerant, hardly any beeping and not an angry word or raise of the fist to be seen.

  2. So what you are saying Kym, is that I shouldn’t take up driving in China eh? ;). You have some really lovely photo reminders of what looked to be an awe inspiring trip. What an amazing adventure and you are one lucky duck to have been able to go to somewhere like that. Thank you for sharing your photo’s with us and for splainin’ about what they all are. I can’t believe how wealthy that emperor must have been to be able to get his people to dig out a lake and then make him a mountain AND a marble boat! Now THAT is powerful! Again, lovely photos and wonderful memories 🙂

    • Yes Fran, no driving lol. Even Bruce, who is pretty game in most places, was saying he would not like to be driving there! We were very lucky to get such a fantastic deal! It was a trip of a lifetime and we are still talking about it now…sigh
      The Emperors had many minions to do their bidding! The wealth they surrounded themselves with was unbelievable.. but they always had to watch their backs as people were always plotting to be the Emperor. That’s why most of them killed off their brothers(and their families) when they became the Emperor, nice family relations eh…

      • I guess you don’t have friends when you are top dog ;). When I meant no driving for me it was more to do with my road rage than my being game to drive in China. The poor Chinese wouldn’t know what landed if I got stuck in a traffic jam or cut off by someone ;). Thinking about the emperors makes me glad to be humble little old me and at the bottom rung of the social ladder. Nowhere to go but up and nothing below me but slime and slime can’t hold a knife or administer poison 😉

      • Lol oh I see, yes a bit of road rage would not go down well. You know what they have lots of too, BIKES! Ahhhhh. I can see you now lol. Yes I’m glad to be just little old unenviable me too x… Although I could kill for that sanctuary 🙂 …..

      • o_O BIKES!!! ;). Today we have to whipper snip a huge amount of debris, chainsaw down 3 tree stumps, try to get a HUGE tree stump from a tree that fell down in the last storms back into it’s hole so that we can drive our car over it to the back of Sanctuary so that we can deliver about forty squillion trailer loads of oak leaves and manure where we can easily offload it into Sanctuary. The loading and the unloading is my job as Sanctuary is my baby so it is only fair that I feed her. Sometimes Sanctuary is a whole lot of hard work but that doesn’t translate into the pictures. Be careful what you envy, it just might come true! I can see you now in a Coolie hat in a very large vegetable garden in your next home that Bruce delivers you to muttering about “bloody Sanctuary!” 😉

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  4. Just caught up with that latest fascinating China post. Such an amazingly different culture to our own. Thanks for the reminder of our (long ago) trip.

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