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.