Monthly Archives: November 2014

欢迎到中国 (Welcome to China) – Cruising the Yangtze

Love that Bamboo- Giant Panda at the Chongqing Zoo

Love that Bamboo- Giant Panda at the Chongqing Zoo

After our overnight stay in Guilin, we flew the next day to Chongqing where we would join our ship for a three day cruise on the Yangtze River. Chongqing is a large municipality in Southwest China adjacent to Sichuan province with a total population of over 30 million people (the urban area itself has over 8 million inhabitants.) It sits at the furthest navigable point for ocean going vessels on the Yangtze and is a major industrial base. After arriving and an excellent lunch at a local hotel, we visited the Chongqing Zoo. Yes, I know this is a long way to go to visit a zoo, but this zoo is special in that it is the home to a number of Giant Pandas. The Zoo was packed as many of the locals were celebrating the holiday (it is a 7 day holiday) which made our visit even more enjoyable. There are two kinds of pandas here, the red pandas which resemble large red raccoons and Giant pandas which are a bear. They are not related.             Continue reading »

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欢迎到中国 (Welcome to China) – Xi’an and Guilin

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Terra Cota Warriors

After four great days in Beijing, we departed this morning for the airport and a flight to Xi’an.  One of the oldest cities in China, Xi’an was the ancient capital and home to several of the most important dynasties in Ancient China. After arrival in Xi’an, we boarded a coach for a trip to the Han Yang Ling Tomb. The complex was constructed by Emperor Liu Qi (188 to 151 BC) of the Han Dynasty, who was the fourth emperor of the Western Han Dynasty. The dig site for the museum is small but the overall burial complex is over 20 square miles. The site was like a little make believe city complete with statues of animals, servants and soldiers placed in various locations. The site has glass floors over the dig site and you view the statues through the glass. The literature said the ceramic figurines of the soldiers are about 1/10th the size of real soldiers but I think they were bigger than that but certainly not as large as the full size Terra Cotta warriors we visited the next day. Continue reading »

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