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Location - Asia; Capital - Beijing; Population - 1.3 billion; Currency - Yuan MORE CHINA

After crossing the Amnok River that separates North Korea and China, we had a couple of hours with Chinese immigration at Dandong before an overnight journey to Beijing - September 2009.


 

chinanote1Chairman Mao Zedong on the 5 Yuan note

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

china2After all the Kim Il Sung statues in North Korea, this looked very familiar - Mao Zedong statue outside the train station at Dandong

 

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china20The very distinctive National Stadium in Beijing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

china9It's better known as the Bird's Nest Stadium and host to the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

china13The Bird's Nest Stadium cost US$423 million, Beijing

BBC report on the National Stadium

 

 

china17Bird's Nest Stadium, Beijing

 

 

china6If you look away from the Olympic Green you'll get this view - Beijing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

china7A monument at the Olympic Green, Beijing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

china28Opposite the National Stadium is the Beijing National Aquatics Centre - Beijing

 

 

china30..Which is better known as the Water Cube - Beijing

 

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china35Nanluogu Xiang is a tourist-orientated hutong, or alleyway, in Beijing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

china31A main road next to Nanluogu Xiang, Beijing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

china36A few minutes walk from the north entrance to the Forbidden City is Beihai Park - Beijing

 

 

china42It's a good place to soothe aching feet after Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City - Beihai Park, Beijing

 

 

china43Boating on Beihai Lake - Beihai Park, Beijing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

china44On my way to the Forbidden City, Beijing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

china46A moat protects the north entrance to the Forbidden City, Beijing

 

 

china49The Forbidden City was home to emperors from the Ming and Qing dynasties (14th to 20th century), Beijing

 

 

china51The palace was built in the 15th century - Forbidden City, Beijing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

china53The Forbidden City is huge, with numerous temples, courtyards, gates and rooms - Beijing

 

The Forbidden City's website here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

china58The Forbidden City's proper name is the Imperial Palace - Beijing

 

 

china59Colours mixed with intricate craftmanship at the Forbidden City, Beijing

 

 

china61Several halls line the central route from north to south - Forbidden City, Beijing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

china62Are there female Buddhist monks? Those dressed in grey are all women - Forbidden City, Beijing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

china65Forbidden City, Beijing

 

 

china68Tiananmen Gate (ie. Gate of Heavenly Peace) lies on the northern edge of Tiananmen Square, Beijing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

china69Chairman Mao's portrait appears on Tiananmen Gate - Beijing

 

More on Mao here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

china70Mao Zedong was the founder of the communist People's Republic of China, established in 1949 - Beijing

 

 

china71Tiananmen Square and the Gate of Heavenly Peace - Beijing

 

 

china72The Great Hall of the People, on Tiananmen Square, is where the government assembles - Beijing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

china75The Monument to the People's Heroes is dedicated to those who died in revolutionary struggle - Tiananmen Square, Beijing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

china79Either side of Chairman Mao's Mausoleum are sculptures dedicated to the revolution - Tiananmen Square Beijing

 

 

china81Chairman Mao's Mausoleum, where he lies in state - Tiananmen Square, Beijing

 

 

china82The weirdness that is the ultra-modern China Central Television Headquarters, Beijing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

china95Rather than visit just one bit of the Great Wall of China we opted for a 10km walk from Jinshanling to Simatai

 

 

china100Walking the Jinshanling to Simatai section is a constant mix of ascents and descents - Great Wall of China

 

 

china102Sections of the Great Wall of China were originally constructed during the Qin dynasty over 2000 years ago, and then joined up by successive kingdoms and armies - Jinshanling to Simatai

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

china107Keep an eye on your enemies - Jinshanling to Simatai, Great Wall of China

 

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china108The Great Wall of China is linked by many watchtowers - Jinshanling to Simatai

 

 

china119Chinese repair workers hang precariously from a watchtower near Simatai - Jinshanling to Simatai, Great Wall of China

 

 

china120I'm exhausted just looking at the Simatai section! Jinshanling to Simatai, Great Wall of China.

 

My YouTube video here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

china125Arriving at the Simatai section - Jinshanling to Simatai, Great Wall of China

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

china127Crossing the bridge - Jinshanling to Simatai, Great Wall of China

 

 

china128There's a zip-line in the distance which takes you from the left to the right riverbank - Jinshanling to Simatai, Great Wall of China

 

 

china133Jinshanling to Simatai, Great Wall of China

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

china134Luckily we didn't have to climb much of this very steep section - Jinshanling to Simatai, Great Wall of China

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

china137And here's the zip-line, an exciting way to reach a restaurant on the opposite side - Jinshanling to Simatai, Great Wall of China

 

 

china138Running the zip-line, with the Simatai section of the Wall in the background - Jinshanling to Simatai, Great Wall of China

 

 

china141Our tour included a boat pick-up which brought us to the Beijing-bound bus - Jinshanling to Simatai, Great Wall of China

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

china143With a couple of Japanese guys who were trying to improve their Chinese. I doubt if I helped their cause - Beijing

 

 

china83Another big journey lies in store at the Beijing train station

 

 

china147The Beijing to Ulan Bator train at a station en route - I think this is Datong

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

china144In Russia this is called a samovar, and is a god-send on long trips for providing hot water for tea, coffee and pot noodles - Trans-Mongolian, Beijing to Ulan Bator

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

china149Getting closer to the Mongolian border via Inner Mongolia

 

 

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LINKS

www.chinatoday.com  - lots of info about China

www.cnto.org - China tourist board

www.chinatourism.ch

www.beijingeguide.com - guide to Beijing

Partner link - Great Wall of China

 

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