Our Tai Chi Adventure to
          China
                  Part 1
 In March and April 2010, we accompanied
Dr. Paul Lam an...
The Journey Begins
                        Thursday, March 24:
Fly from Raleigh-Durham to Newark then from Newark to Beiji...
Friday, March 26.
 At the end of a a 13 hour 45 minute flight we arrived at
 Beijing International Airport at 2:00 PM Frid...
Saturday, March 27
    Following breakfast buffet of Western and
Chinese foods, we headed back to our bus for the
        ...
Tour Guide Carol Lu (with Yellow Flag) leads us to the
       North Entrance of the Forbidden City.
The North Gate
A Temple in The Forbidden City
With one of the
  Dragons “On
Guard” in front of
   one of the
   residential
    buildings.
Hall of the Emperor in Forbidden City
The South Gate – The iconic image of the Forbidden City
              and Tian An Men Square
Looking South across Tian An Men Square
Saturday, March 27
    From Tian An Men Square we walked to a nearby
Restaurant for lunch. Then we met our Bus and drove t...
Sunday, March 30
We traveled by bus Northwest from Beijing to visit the
              Great Wall at Bada Ling
The Great Wall
Winding along the top of the mountain ridge
As this was still part
of the Chinese New
 Year Holiday, the
 Wall was crowded
    with Chinese
 visitors, making a
  ritu...
Off to the side of the Wall, we found this empty courtyard
  and decided it was a great place for our first Tai Chi
      ...
Tai Chi at the Great Wall
Caroline
  Performs
    Tai Chi
  in front of
The Great Wall
A Gate House at the Great Wall
A Gate House at the Great Wall
At the Gate House
Roof Detail
The Great Wall
Sunday, March 28 – Afternoon
 We left the Great Wall and headed back toward Beijing. We stopped
for Lunch near Changping, ...
Entry Gate to Changling Tomb
Ling’en Hall
Statue of Emperor
Zong Du in Ling’en
       Hall
Support Pillar and Roof Detail of Ling’En Hall
On the way back to our Hotel, we stopped briefly at the site of the 2008
Olympic Games, and viewed to outside of the “Bird...
Monday, March 29
     In the morning, we toured the Summer Palace.
            The weather was cloudy and cool.

First con...
The entry gate to the Summer Palace. The Center door
           was for use only by the Emperor.
       Note the incense b...
Mythical Dragon figure on guard.
The Main
Residence is
guarded by a
 Crane and
  Dragons
The Buddhist Temple overlooks the area.
The various Emperors used natural rock formations as
       display pieces in many of their gardens.
This 2388-foot long gallery provided a covered path from
the entry gate to the Shizhang Pavilion. The underside of
       ...
At the end of
the Gallery is
     the
  Tower of
  Buddhist
   Incense
Close to the end of the Gallery was a courtyard which
          quickly became a Tai Chi location.
A Dragon Boat was our
ferry across the 500 acre
      Kunming Lake
The 17-Arch Bridge, built in 1750, connects
the East Shore of Kunming Lake to Nanhu
                  Island.
Stone Carvings guard the ends of the bridge, and each of
 the posts of the railing is topped by one of 500 different
     ...
We then returned to our bus, and drove to a restaurant for
                         lunch.

   After lunch we took our bus...
The Main Entry Gate of the Temple of Heaven
The Temple of Heaven atop it’s 3-layer base.
This model, in a
 building on the
     Temple
Courtyard, shows
the construction
 of the Temple.
No nails or other
 fastene...
A view
through the
main door of
 the temple
  showing
some of the
   support
   pillars.
The Outer Gate to the Temple Grounds. The center door is
closed, as only the Emperor was allowed to pass through it.
After a Dinner stop, we returned to the
Rennaisance Beijing Hotel, to pack for the
          next leg of our journey,
    ...
Tuesday, March 30
Leaving at 8 AM, We flew from Beijing
to Wuhan, then took our tour bus to
Wudangshan.
We had one Tour Guide who was with us for the entire trip
(up until we were in the waiting area for our return flight).
  ...
Wednesday, March 31
 After breakfast at the hotel, we boarded our bus for the
    short drive to the entrance of the Wudan...
The Tian Lu Hotel
After arriving at the Hotel, we left our bags at the Hotel and
   walked about a quarter-mile up the road to the Purple
  ...
View from the road up Wudang Mountain.
The Purple Heaven Palace
More information about the Purple Cloud Temple
     can be found at the following website:
     http://wudang-kungfu.com/z...
Tai Chi at the Purple Heaven Palace
Stone lions
 guard the
main gate
Incense Burner at
  the Main Gate
Stairway up to
 the Second
     Level
The Main Courtyard at the Second Level
Buildings around the Main Courtyard
Looking back down to the Main Courtyard from the Temple
Temple Entrance
The Clouds roll down Wudang Mountain
As light rain began to fall, we walked back down to our
                           Hotel.
We had lunch at the Hotel, check...
When the rain got a
   little heavier, we
  decided to retrace
our steps back to the
 bus stop and return
       to the Ho...
Thursday, April 1
The day started with Tai Chi in a Courtyard of the Hotel
After lunch we took a park bus down Wudang Mountain to
                 the Crown Prince Palace.

            This was ori...
A Stone Bridge on the way to Prince Temple
Stacked stone slabs make up a retaining wall
A Gateway leading
       to the
Nine Winding Walls
 passageway from
  the gate to the
     Temple.
Steps lead
up to the top
    level.
Courtyard at the Upper level of the Temple
Courtyard at the Upper level of the Temple
Stone Tortoise holds up a pillar
The roofs of the Residential Area used by the Taoist
                      Monks.
Interior Construction of a Temple Building
Stairway up to the
top of the Temple
     grounds.

  The Red strips
  hanging on the
 trees are Prayer
scarves placed by
...
View from the top of the Prince Temple grounds
An impromptu Tai Chi session as we came down from the
                  top of the Temple.
              The Wall Inscript...
A Bamboo
 glade to the
  side as we
   leave the
Prince Temple.
As we leave Wudang Mountain, we stop at the bottom to
              walk along a small river.
We cross the river by
a stone walkway on
top of a dam, which
 diverts water to the
village down stream.
A Statue of Confucius along the river
After watching a Martial Arts exhibition at the bottom of the
     Mountain, we returned to Wudangshan for Lunch.




We t...
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Our Tai Chi Adventure to China 2010 - Part 1

  1. 1. Our Tai Chi Adventure to China Part 1 In March and April 2010, we accompanied Dr. Paul Lam and 15 others on a private tour to China. In addition to some of the usual places of interest, we visited Wudang Mountain, the area considered the birthplace of Tai Chi, and several other places of beauty and interest.
  2. 2. The Journey Begins Thursday, March 24: Fly from Raleigh-Durham to Newark then from Newark to Beijing, China.
  3. 3. Friday, March 26. At the end of a a 13 hour 45 minute flight we arrived at Beijing International Airport at 2:00 PM Friday. March 26. The airport is the 3rd largest building in the world, but very efficient. We cleared immigration and customs and retrieved our checked luggage with hardly any waiting, and met our Tour Guide just outside of Baggage Claim. We all boarded our tour bus for the drive into Beijing to our hotel – The Renaissance Beijing Chaoyang. After checking in, and a brief rest, we met with some of the rest of our group for dinner at the hotel.
  4. 4. Saturday, March 27 Following breakfast buffet of Western and Chinese foods, we headed back to our bus for the short drive to The Forbidden City. This historic area had been the home of various Chinese Emperors over the years, and is continuously undergoing preservation and renovation.
  5. 5. Tour Guide Carol Lu (with Yellow Flag) leads us to the North Entrance of the Forbidden City.
  6. 6. The North Gate
  7. 7. A Temple in The Forbidden City
  8. 8. With one of the Dragons “On Guard” in front of one of the residential buildings.
  9. 9. Hall of the Emperor in Forbidden City
  10. 10. The South Gate – The iconic image of the Forbidden City and Tian An Men Square
  11. 11. Looking South across Tian An Men Square
  12. 12. Saturday, March 27 From Tian An Men Square we walked to a nearby Restaurant for lunch. Then we met our Bus and drove to one of the Hutong Districts of Beijing. These are older areas where the streets are narrow lanes between buildings that are both residences and shops or workplaces. At the edge of this district we stopped for tea and entertainment of a Kongfu demonstration, and a performance by a sword-swallower. We then were taken on a bicycle rickshaw ride through the lanes of the district. The day ended with dinner at the original Peking Duck Restaurant in Beijing before returning to our hotel.
  13. 13. Sunday, March 30 We traveled by bus Northwest from Beijing to visit the Great Wall at Bada Ling
  14. 14. The Great Wall Winding along the top of the mountain ridge
  15. 15. As this was still part of the Chinese New Year Holiday, the Wall was crowded with Chinese visitors, making a ritual visit to the Great Wall.
  16. 16. Off to the side of the Wall, we found this empty courtyard and decided it was a great place for our first Tai Chi practice in China.
  17. 17. Tai Chi at the Great Wall
  18. 18. Caroline Performs Tai Chi in front of The Great Wall
  19. 19. A Gate House at the Great Wall
  20. 20. A Gate House at the Great Wall
  21. 21. At the Gate House
  22. 22. Roof Detail
  23. 23. The Great Wall
  24. 24. Sunday, March 28 – Afternoon We left the Great Wall and headed back toward Beijing. We stopped for Lunch near Changping, then went into the area of the Ming Tombs, about 30 miles Northwest of Beijing. Here are located the tombs of 13 Emperors of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644 AD). We visited Chiangling, the Tomb of Emperor Zhu Di.
  25. 25. Entry Gate to Changling Tomb
  26. 26. Ling’en Hall
  27. 27. Statue of Emperor Zong Du in Ling’en Hall
  28. 28. Support Pillar and Roof Detail of Ling’En Hall
  29. 29. On the way back to our Hotel, we stopped briefly at the site of the 2008 Olympic Games, and viewed to outside of the “Bird’s Nest” Arena and Water Cube.
  30. 30. Monday, March 29 In the morning, we toured the Summer Palace. The weather was cloudy and cool. First constructed in the Jin Dynasty (1115-1234 AD), the area was continuously expanded and used as an area for rest for the members of the royal families. Centered on the Tower of Buddhist Incense the Summer Palace consists of over 3,000 structures including pavilions, towers, bridges, and corridors. It covers over 700 acres including the lake area.
  31. 31. The entry gate to the Summer Palace. The Center door was for use only by the Emperor. Note the incense burners on either side.
  32. 32. Mythical Dragon figure on guard.
  33. 33. The Main Residence is guarded by a Crane and Dragons
  34. 34. The Buddhist Temple overlooks the area.
  35. 35. The various Emperors used natural rock formations as display pieces in many of their gardens.
  36. 36. This 2388-foot long gallery provided a covered path from the entry gate to the Shizhang Pavilion. The underside of the roof is covered with murals.
  37. 37. At the end of the Gallery is the Tower of Buddhist Incense
  38. 38. Close to the end of the Gallery was a courtyard which quickly became a Tai Chi location.
  39. 39. A Dragon Boat was our ferry across the 500 acre Kunming Lake
  40. 40. The 17-Arch Bridge, built in 1750, connects the East Shore of Kunming Lake to Nanhu Island.
  41. 41. Stone Carvings guard the ends of the bridge, and each of the posts of the railing is topped by one of 500 different lions.
  42. 42. We then returned to our bus, and drove to a restaurant for lunch. After lunch we took our bus to the Temple of Heaven located on the south side of Beijing’s old central city area. The weather remained cloudy and cool through the day.
  43. 43. The Main Entry Gate of the Temple of Heaven
  44. 44. The Temple of Heaven atop it’s 3-layer base.
  45. 45. This model, in a building on the Temple Courtyard, shows the construction of the Temple. No nails or other fasteners were used in its construction. The main pillars are single tree trunks.
  46. 46. A view through the main door of the temple showing some of the support pillars.
  47. 47. The Outer Gate to the Temple Grounds. The center door is closed, as only the Emperor was allowed to pass through it.
  48. 48. After a Dinner stop, we returned to the Rennaisance Beijing Hotel, to pack for the next leg of our journey, a visit to Wudang Mountain, considered to be the birthplace of Tai Chi.
  49. 49. Tuesday, March 30 Leaving at 8 AM, We flew from Beijing to Wuhan, then took our tour bus to Wudangshan.
  50. 50. We had one Tour Guide who was with us for the entire trip (up until we were in the waiting area for our return flight). At each area we visited outside of Beijing, she was assisted by a local guide who met us at each airport with the local bus driver. We stopped for lunch on the way from Wuhan to Wudangshan, arriving in mid-afternoon. We checked in to the Wudang Mountain Hotel, relaxed, and had an early dinner. As we would only be allowed to take a carry-on bag up Wudang Mountain, we repacked for the stay up the mountain.
  51. 51. Wednesday, March 31 After breakfast at the hotel, we boarded our bus for the short drive to the entrance of the Wudang Mountain Protection Area. This Protection Area is roughly equivalent to a National Park in the United States. After getting our entry passes, we boarded a smaller bus (apparently fueled by natural gas to limit emissions) for the one-hour trip up the hair-pin turn road to our Hotel on Wudang Mountain. The designation of Mountain refers to not just a single peak, but to the group of mountain peaks in the area, which average around 5000 feet high.
  52. 52. The Tian Lu Hotel
  53. 53. After arriving at the Hotel, we left our bags at the Hotel and walked about a quarter-mile up the road to the Purple Cloud Temple area.
  54. 54. View from the road up Wudang Mountain.
  55. 55. The Purple Heaven Palace
  56. 56. More information about the Purple Cloud Temple can be found at the following website: http://wudang-kungfu.com/zhixiao.htm the website of the Wudang Taoist Kungfu Academy Copyright, www.wudang-kungfu.com/XXX/XXX.html
  57. 57. Tai Chi at the Purple Heaven Palace
  58. 58. Stone lions guard the main gate
  59. 59. Incense Burner at the Main Gate
  60. 60. Stairway up to the Second Level
  61. 61. The Main Courtyard at the Second Level
  62. 62. Buildings around the Main Courtyard
  63. 63. Looking back down to the Main Courtyard from the Temple
  64. 64. Temple Entrance
  65. 65. The Clouds roll down Wudang Mountain
  66. 66. As light rain began to fall, we walked back down to our Hotel. We had lunch at the Hotel, checked in and took a brief rest in our rooms. Next we took a bus up mountain to the Summer Palace area. The light rain continued as we walked around the trails in that area.
  67. 67. When the rain got a little heavier, we decided to retrace our steps back to the bus stop and return to the Hotel. Dinner was at the Hotel.
  68. 68. Thursday, April 1 The day started with Tai Chi in a Courtyard of the Hotel
  69. 69. After lunch we took a park bus down Wudang Mountain to the Crown Prince Palace. This was originally built in 1412. As this is lower down the mountain, the vegetation was quite different – almost tropical in nature.
  70. 70. A Stone Bridge on the way to Prince Temple
  71. 71. Stacked stone slabs make up a retaining wall
  72. 72. A Gateway leading to the Nine Winding Walls passageway from the gate to the Temple.
  73. 73. Steps lead up to the top level.
  74. 74. Courtyard at the Upper level of the Temple
  75. 75. Courtyard at the Upper level of the Temple
  76. 76. Stone Tortoise holds up a pillar
  77. 77. The roofs of the Residential Area used by the Taoist Monks.
  78. 78. Interior Construction of a Temple Building
  79. 79. Stairway up to the top of the Temple grounds. The Red strips hanging on the trees are Prayer scarves placed by visitors to the Temple.
  80. 80. View from the top of the Prince Temple grounds
  81. 81. An impromptu Tai Chi session as we came down from the top of the Temple. The Wall Inscriptions read “Longevity, Prosperity, Happiness”
  82. 82. A Bamboo glade to the side as we leave the Prince Temple.
  83. 83. As we leave Wudang Mountain, we stop at the bottom to walk along a small river.
  84. 84. We cross the river by a stone walkway on top of a dam, which diverts water to the village down stream.
  85. 85. A Statue of Confucius along the river
  86. 86. After watching a Martial Arts exhibition at the bottom of the Mountain, we returned to Wudangshan for Lunch. We then drove to Wuhan to catch a flight for the next step of our trip.
  87. 87. End of Part 1 The Slide Show continues with Part 2

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