The Summer Palace in Beijing started out life as the ‘Garden of Clear Ripples’ in 1750. It served as a summer resort for Empress Dowager Cixi, who diverted 30 million taels of silver, originally designated for the Chinese navy, into the reconstruction and enlargement of the Summer Palace. Personally I think it was money well spent for this is such a beautiful part of this palace structure. … Continue reading China’s “Small Venice” or ‘Garden of Clear Ripples’ at the Summer Palace
Walking through the Summer Palace where once only Royalty could enter was very high on my Beijing wish list. Our China Odyssey group took taxis to the Summer Palace and unfortunately the taxi drivers dropped us off at different entrances so we were split up for the day. This ended up not being a huge problem as we had all arranged to meet again later that day … Continue reading The Fabulous Summer Palace and its Amazing Gardens in Beijing
During our fabulous China Odyssey tour we got to visit a couple of different temples and shrines but the Temple of Heaven ended up being my favourite. The Temple of Heaven, literally translated as the Altar of is a complex of religious buildings situated in the southeastern part of central Beijing. The temple complex was constructed from 1406 to 1420 during the reign of the Yongle Emperor. The complex was … Continue reading Exploring China’s Temple of Heaven where they Performed Sacrifices for Good Harvests
The Great Wall of China is one of the Architectural Wonders of the Middle Ages and getting to see and stand on it has been one of the highlights of my travel adventures up to date. The Great Wall of China is a series of fortifications made of stone, built along an east-to-west line across the historical northern borders of China to protect the Chinese against intrusions. The Great Wall, … Continue reading Standing and Walking on The Great Wall of China!!
Walking through the Forbidden City of Beijing has always been very high on my wishlist and getting to walk through this Chinese imperial palace while on our China Odyssey was a dream come true. The Forbidden City was the Chinese imperial palace from the Ming Dynasty to the end of the Qing Dynasty. For almost 500 years, it served as the home of emperors and their households, as well as the ceremonial and political … Continue reading Stepping foot into China’s Forbidden City in Beijing
I think that after traveling through China and riding on so many over-night trains I now know exactly what to expect and what to bring along for the ride. Armed with pot noodles and cans of ice-coffee and ice-tea we made the 17 hour train journey from Xian to Beijing. Arrived early morning in Beijing we only had time to leave our bags at the … Continue reading Walking across Beijing’s Tiananmen Square
“For this challenge, capture two images — a horizontal and a vertical version — of the same scene or subject.” —WordPress Daily Post Photo Challenge New to The Daily Post? Whether you’re a beginner or a professional, you’re invited to get involved in our Weekly Photo Challenge. Everyone is welcome to participate, even if your blog isn’t about photography. Here’s how it works: 1. Each week, we’ll provide … Continue reading Weekly Photo Challenge: One Shot, Two Ways