More Pics of Beijing!
We went to the Wal-Mart in Beijing….because well, how could you not, and I thought “hey maybe there will be some great stuff there”…. Hmmm well that of course would depend on what you are looking for or think of as great. If… say you are looking for say some chips…well yes they have them…nothing I would eat but they do have them. Maybe you are in the mood for some fresh pig nosed soft shelled turtle…well you are in luck because they have that….. so yes it is a Wal-Mart but no it is not like your Wal-Mart.
Streets—The Streets of Beijing are interesting with all kinds of people to watch and be seen by. It is a bit polluted….and I am being very very very kind with the bit…. Kelsey said it looked like a film stage because of the haze….very creepy at some times. The public transport is much like Singapore’s with a tap in and out system…one big difference is that it only cost 2 Yuan per person to go anywhere….
Temple of Heaven— Construction of the Temple of Heaven began during the reign of Emperor Yongle was completed in 1420. It was used by all subsequent Emperors of the Ming and Qing Dynasties. In imperial China, the emperor was regarded as the Son of Heaven, the intermediary between Earth and Heaven. To be seen to be showing respect to the source of his authority, in the form of sacrifices to heaven, was extremely important. The Temple of Heaven was built for these ceremonies.
Summer Palace—-The Summer Palace was built in the Jin Dynasty (1115-1234), and is basiclly a royal garden…it is very beautiful with cultivated areas and a large lake which you can take a dragon boat ride on. It was lots of fun.
Peking Man—-Peking Man Site at Zhoukoudian is a UNESCO World Heritage site—Scientific work at the site, which lies 42 km south-west of Beijing, is still underway. So far, it has led to the discovery of the remains of Sinanthropus pekinensis, who lived in the Middle Pleistocene, along with various objects, and remains of Homo sapiens sapiens dating as far back as 18,000–11,000 B.C.
Xian, China…..ok remember at the start of the Olympics in Beijing and they had that giant terracotta soldier and little girl walk out and it was well lets be honest kind of strange….well here it is….and yeah it was very very creepy….like horror show creepy.
Xian, China….we flew to Xian to see the Terracotta Soldiers and the city wall—“China” began in Xi’an; First Emperor Qin (from whom China gets its name) conquered and united the warring China in 221 BC. Xi’an served as China’s capital for ten dynasties spread over 1,100 years. most notably the Han Dynasty (206 BC–220 AD) and the Tang Dynasty (618–907)
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