We Visit the Jade Factory outside Beijing
Artisans at work
On to the Great Wall at Badaling!!
another fav pic of the National Day crowds pressing up one side of The Great Wall (we took the other side)
this is the route we took
this shows just how steep it was in sections
Tracy is only standing two steps above me in this pic!!
this is one of the bigger steps
this is the preview of the video below
inside one of the guard towers every so many meters. this is the way up to the top of the guard tower
the guard tower at the end of the line
Jeremy standing at the end of this jag of The Wall
looking down from where I just was standing
this is the view of the other side of The Wall over the freeway
I felt like a celebrity as kids visiting The Wall from all over China wanted to have pictures taken with the big, bald American
another new friend Peter. a very bright, articulate kid.
more friends met on the top of The Wall
replicas of Terracotta Soldiers on the bridge over the freeway
The Cloisonné factory
incredible work, many different steps and re-firings, poor lighting...
an example of the finished work
a pot just out of the kiln (seconds before it was glowing red hot)
and of course, lunch! (why is that little bottle of Chinese fire water right in front of me.....?????)
The Ming Tombs
the map of the valley of the tombs
the gate at the entrance of the Sacred Way
Ms. Wong telling us about the monolith inside the gate
The Sacred Way leading to The Ming Tombs was lined with wonderful statues. it was so beautiful and peaceful, it was a delightful walk
shortly after this pic I was carrying Tracy piggyback and you should have seen the looks we got from the locals!!!
The Sacred Way
once a year The Emperor would leave The Forbidden City to walk the Sacred Way to honor his ancestors
kinda cute too
locals cuties on the second of three tiers forming the traditional base of the temple
another cryptic sign at the top
leaving money as a tribute
the Peking Duck dinner. it was fabulous although it almost didn't arrive