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SMITHs trip to China MARCH 2014

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SMITHs trip to China MARCH 2014

  1. 1. our visit to CHINA March 2014
  2. 2. a mysterious land
  3. 3. a land of contrasts
  4. 4. Chapter 1 Beijing • 20 + million inhabitants • March temp – 50-40 F – 10-5 C
  5. 5. Beijing airport
  6. 6. Beijing new….
  7. 7. …and older
  8. 8. Peking duck
  9. 9. the national drink tea
  10. 10. holding the cup like a lady
  11. 11. Tiananmen Square
  12. 12. Forbidden City entrance from Tiananmen Square
  13. 13. Forbidden City 800 buildings separated by courtyards
  14. 14. Residence of the Qing dynasty 1644-1911
  15. 15. a series of buildings each with its name above the entrance
  16. 16. temples on the mountain (North) beyond the moat
  17. 17. moat behind the Forbidden City
  18. 18. Peking opera • Traditional Chinese show • Dance • Music • Martial arts the ticket
  19. 19. Actor preparing for the show
  20. 20. old Bejing’s hutongs
  21. 21. how to visit in style
  22. 22. be bell & drum towers
  23. 23. protect your car’s wheels against dogs
  24. 24. entrance to the home we were invited to visit
  25. 25. Sacred Way of the Ming Dinasty ( 1368-1644 ) tombs entrance
  26. 26. avenue to the tombs
  27. 27. GREAT WALL 100 km from Beijing
  28. 28. yes it is a VERY cold day
  29. 29. Viking-China group #3 Guide: Duan
  30. 30. end of chapter 1 • Beijing – Airport – City – National drink: tea – Tianmen Square – Forbidden City – Peking opera – Hutongs – Ming dinasty Tombs • Great wall
  31. 31. Chapter 2 City of Xi’an
  32. 32. the old and the new
  33. 33. traditionally, a city had a bell tower and a drum tower
  34. 34. we go to visit the tomb of emperor Qin Shi Huang 260-210 B.C. “who put the Chi in China”
  35. 35. the museum
  36. 36. ceramic statues
  37. 37. bronze chariots
  38. 38. a work in progress
  39. 39. countryside in the South
  40. 40. village market
  41. 41. can you guess what this is?
  42. 42. these monsters are mushrooms
  43. 43. more mushrooms
  44. 44. peeling water chestnuts
  45. 45. duck skins chicken feet
  46. 46. end of chapter 2
  47. 47. End of chapter 2 • Xi’an • tomb of emperor Qiu Shi Huang • village market
  48. 48. historic ceramic museum Chapter 3
  49. 49. the park
  50. 50. gods of the kiln
  51. 51. starting the wheel
  52. 52. carving the rice pattern
  53. 53. pre-glaze painting
  54. 54. old kilns
  55. 55. porcelain market
  56. 56. as china should be displayed
  57. 57. end of chapter 3 • historic ceramic museum
  58. 58. we board the Viking Emerald Chapter 4
  59. 59. lift with outside view plant in our suite
  60. 60. boarding the ship is true exercise
  61. 61. boarding the ship is scary
  62. 62. fresh vegetables delivered for our 5* dinner
  63. 63. the Yangtze is a very busy river transporting reeds
  64. 64. senior citizens like to be active
  65. 65. open air concert given by senior citizens
  66. 66. in China a pagoda is an observation tower Built 1650 AC
  67. 67. End of chapter 4 • Cruising along Yangtze • Fengdu • Shi Bao Zhai tower
  68. 68. Chapter 5
  69. 69. fishing nets
  70. 70. Budhist monastery
  71. 71. ancient burial site
  72. 72. reforastation: “sticks” are Chinese tea trees
  73. 73. rather crowded locks !!
  74. 74. a model “visiting the dam” the ticket
  75. 75. 2 questions: Who took this pix? What does it mean?
  76. 76. driving thru a small town
  77. 77. Caligraphy is an antique art form
  78. 78. Chinese painting on rice paper (made of reeds)
  79. 79. end of chapter 5 • Small gorges cruise • Three Gorges dam • Caligraphy
  80. 80. YUEYANG y’re young TOWER Chapter 6
  81. 81. Beware of the monster
  82. 82. a model
  83. 83. entrance
  84. 84. End of chapter 6 • Yueyang park • The tower
  85. 85. Chapter 7 Wuhan 10 million inhabitants
  86. 86. origins of the HONDA CIVIC
  87. 87. we are welcomed by a Senior Citizens’ band
  88. 88. the museum houses artifacts from a dignitary’s tomb, buried 2,400 years ago
  89. 89. objects in wood and bronze survive in the tomb submerged in water
  90. 90. jade figurines (1 cm each) in mouth of the buried guarantee immortality
  91. 91. bronze bells from the tomb
  92. 92. concert using reproductionf of the bronze bells
  93. 93. THE MANUFACTURE OF SILK
  94. 94. 1 place worm on mulberry bush leaf keep at room temperature
  95. 95. 2 collect cocoons
  96. 96. 3
  97. 97. 4 boil cocoon find thread (1 mile long) spin
  98. 98. 5 weave carpet EASY
  99. 99. Alternative method for double cocoon make mesh, not thread How??
  100. 100. gently open cocoon do not pull thread place mesh on form allow to dry
  101. 101. simply stretch each mesh each mesh becomes the size of a blanket numerous meshes placed upon each other make a comforter EASY
  102. 102. silk embroidery
  103. 103. every city has skyscrapers every city is building more
  104. 104. is this a real estate balloon ready to burst?
  105. 105. end of chapter 7 • Wuhan – tomb of Yi – chime bells concert • Manufacture of silk
  106. 106. Chapter 8 on our way to Mount Jiu Hua
  107. 107. thru towns
  108. 108. up the mountains
  109. 109. Mount Jiu Hua
  110. 110. carved steps lead to the temple
  111. 111. Budhism arrived to China during the Han dynasty 200 BC-200 AC
  112. 112. monsters stop bad spirits from entering Zhan Chan Lin Temple
  113. 113. Budha Guardian of the past of the present of the future
  114. 114. monks hold a blessing service
  115. 115. kowtow to show deep respect
  116. 116. the village
  117. 117. monks chanting
  118. 118. enjoying spring
  119. 119. guardian of Qiyuan Temple entrance
  120. 120. Qiyuan Temple Duan
  121. 121. carved steps
  122. 122. Budha of Peace female deity of love and compassion
  123. 123. busy Budhist pantheon
  124. 124. end of chapter 8 • Mt Jiu Hua • Temples
  125. 125. Chapter 9 side streets in Suzhou
  126. 126. entrance to the garden of Master of the Nets built 1140 A.C.
  127. 127. interesting… what got lost in translation?
  128. 128. series of gardens
  129. 129. aged rocks from Lake Taihu
  130. 130. gardens separated by pavilions
  131. 131. each window is a picture
  132. 132. end of chapter 9 • Suzhou • Garden of the Master of the Nets
  133. 133. Chapter 10 Shanghai 24 million inhabitants city of yesterday
  134. 134. the Bund: city of the 20th century
  135. 135. city of the 22nd century
  136. 136. Crown Plaza hotel 5* hotels offer 5* services
  137. 137. the museum in the rain
  138. 138. museum in sunshine
  139. 139. old Shanghai
  140. 140. end of chapter 10 • Shanghai • Museum • old Shanghai • Yu garden • END OF OUR VISIT

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