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The Red Haze

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Spent the day sightseeing around Beijing, or more accurately what we could see through the pollution haze. The pollution the Chinese cities we have visited is really appalling. Take note rAbbot, we need a carbon plan!!

First up was the world's largest public space, Tiannamen Square. Next up was The Forbidden City, impressive for it's sheer size and classic oriental architecture. Lunch was dumplings much to T's pleasure. Afternoon saw us visit the Summer Palace, at least what we could see of it through the haze. A noticed a couple of Chinese lads playing a new game which is a hybrid of grip ball and juggling and it wasn't long before he joined in for a turn or two. Dinner last night was Hot Pot.
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Forbidden City 2

Forbidden City 2

Forbidden City

Forbidden City

Summer Palace

Summer Palace

Posted by adtamo 18.04.2014 17:29 Archived in China Comments (0)

Cloudy with a chance of Great Wall!

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Our last day in Xian was spent at the small Wild Goose Pagoda, having lunch with a Chinese family (and had a go at making noodles!) - it was like Uncle Wong's! We then visited Gao's Courtyard - a high ranking official's house as it was in the imperial times, the Great Mosque - a blend of Chinese and Middle-East and Muslim Quarter where we finally got to taste the local dumplings. We concluded our tour of Xian at the train station to meet our overnight train to Beijing. The train ride was okay - other than being next to the toilet:((
Our first day in Beijing was spent at the Great Wall - visibility was fairly ordinary so much photoshopping was required! We took the cable car up to the wall and tobogganed down.
Gao's Courtyard

Gao's Courtyard

Small Wild Goose Pagoda

Small Wild Goose Pagoda

Great Mosque, Muslim Quarter

Great Mosque, Muslim Quarter

Chef in Muslim Quarter

Chef in Muslim Quarter

Mutianyu Section, Great Wall

Mutianyu Section, Great Wall

T at Great Wall

T at Great Wall

Posted by adtamo 17.04.2014 16:42 Archived in China Comments (0)

Once were warriors

(and all souvenirs are made in China!)

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Today was the Terracotta Warrior day. Who ever thought a pit of statues would be so amazing. Each warrior was unique. A real stone army. One of the last remaining farmers who discovered the terracotta warriors enjoys 'rock star' status, signing souvenir museum books. Sinking that well a few inches either way - and none of these amazing artefacts would have ever been discovered.
Major souvenir shopping today - easy to pick up a more authentic souvenir in this country - everything is made in China!
A visit to the Drum Tower and old city walls with a bike ride along the top of the wall completed our day.
Warriors

Warriors

Terracotta Warriors

Terracotta Warriors

Drum Tower

Drum Tower

Posted by adtamo 15.04.2014 07:00 Archived in China Comments (0)

Dance with Dragons

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A quiet morning yesterday spent mostly in an a/c shopping complex to escape the Bangkok humidity. In the afternoon we travelled to Xian, China for two nights. The spectacular Bell Tower was only a couple of minute walk from our hotel so even though we arrived late M could not resist going out for a quick photo session. Whoo hoo - internet working ok here - just not Facebook or youtube.
Bell Tower

Bell Tower

Songkran 'Militia' in Bangkok

Songkran 'Militia' in Bangkok

Posted by adtamo 14.04.2014 18:00 Archived in China Comments (0)

In the tiger land....

and militia with water guns in Bangkok.

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Another awesome animal encounter, this time with tigers at the Tiger Temple in Thailand. We patted and played with tiger cubs, shampooed and washed them, made them jump with cat toys and walked the adult tigers on a lead. We were then placed in a 'cage' (4 foot high dodgy cyclone fencing!) as the large tigers were let into the canyon pool. The carers made them jump into the water and leap for their toys. Another unbelievable experience in Thailand. Thanks to Bangkok Day Tours and our guide, Tania and driver Mr Joe!
When we returned to Bangkok in the afternoon, we went to the famous MBK shopping centre to replace my dodgy lens. The trip there and back was eventful - M missed the train and A and T were left at the other end with only one ticket and no money! Managed to eventually meet up. Sunday was 'Songkran' - the new years day where everyone throws water or uses water pistols on each other. We all got sufficiently wet! Rather the water guns rather than the real ones Bangkok has been famous for of late!
That head was heavy

That head was heavy

T sharing a nap

T sharing a nap

M with tiger cub

M with tiger cub

Not happy tiger cub

Not happy tiger cub

Posted by adtamo 13.04.2014 18:38 Archived in Thailand Comments (0)

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