Category Archives: China

Bicycles, bicycles everywhere.

It was the last day of our holiday. We had checked out of our room but had an hour to wait before our coach collected us to take us to the airport. I went to stand on a street corner … Continue reading

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A night at the opera.

It was the last night of our China tour and we were off to the Beijing Opera. Prior to the performance I was given the chance to go backstage and see some of the cast putting on their make-up. It … Continue reading

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Time to haggle

On our way back from the Ming Tombs we visited a Jade Factory. We saw the craftsmen carving some figures and then inevitably we were taken to the showroom. As we entered we were allocated our personal sales assistant, just … Continue reading

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The Summer Palace

The Summer Palace is situated 9 miles northwest of Beijing in the Haidian District. The main entrance is via the East Palace Gate and you then reach the Hall of Benevolence and Longevity. It was built in 1750, burned down … Continue reading

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The Temple of Heaven

The Temple of Heaven park is located in the Chongwen District of Beijing and was the place where the emperors held the heaven worship ceremony.It is vast, covering an area of 2,700,000 metres and is thus larger than The Forbidden … Continue reading

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The Ming Tombs

The thirteen Ming Tombs are scattered over an area of forty square kilometres in Changping District to the northwest of Beijing. On our short tour we were only to see a small fraction of this. The Ming Tombs were constructed … Continue reading

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The Great Wall

No visit to Beijing would be complete without going to see the Great Wall. Construction began in the 7th century BC when various dukes constructed walls around their territories for self defence. In 221 BC after Emperor Qinshihuang unified China … Continue reading

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