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CHINA


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

The bus from Sost in Pakistan takes passengers via the Karakoram Highway to the Chinese town of Tashkurgan, the start of my visit to China in July 1999.

 

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chin1aTajik children in Tashkurgan

 

 

chin3Kashgar, home of the Muslim Uighur people

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

chin2Selling hats in the old city, Kashgar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

chin4Mao statue in Kashgar - this area feels a world away from Eastern China

 

 

chin5Id Kah Mosque, Kashgar

 

 

 

chin6Playing pool outdoors, Kashgar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

chin7Sweeping sand reduces visibility on a 46 hour bus journey through the Taklamakan Desert from Kashgar to Urumqi.
The bus was made up of 3 rows of beds, with no seats

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

chin8Stopping off at a food stall in Urumqi with Mark - I don't think all the beer was for him..

 

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chin9Preparing noodles, Urumqi food stall

 

 

chin10The Great Mosque in Xian - I'm not used to mosques looking like this

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

chin11The Ming dynasty Drum Tower, Xian.
The terrified looking children are not posing for me, by the way

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

chin12The grounds of the Big Goose Pagoda, from the Qing dynasty, Xian

 

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chin14Army of the Terracotta Warriors, Xian

 

 

chin16Terracotta Warriors, from the Qin dynasty (204BC - 220AD) Xian

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

chin17The Terracotta Warriors' bronze horses & chariot, Xian

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

chin18Not sure what's going on here - Xian city centre

 

 

chin20Tiananmen Square, Beijing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

chin21Sculpture next to Mao's Mausoleum, Tiananmen Square, Beijing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

chin22Tiananmen Gate, Beijing

 

 

chin23View of the Forbidden City, Beijing

 

 

chin24Inside the Forbidden City, Beijing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

chin26The Forbidden City was home to emperors from the Ming and Qing dynasties (14th to 20th century), Beijing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

chin27The Summer Palace covers a huge area in North West Beijing

 

 

chin28aTemple in the Summer Palace grounds, Beijing

 

 

chin29The Summer Palace, Beijing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 



chin31The Simatai section of the Great Wall of China

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

chin31aThe Great Wall of China

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

chin33Sections 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

 

 

chin34The Great Wall of China

 

 

chin35The Oriental Pearl Tower and city of Shanghai

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

chin36Strolling along the Bund next to the River Huangpu, Shanghai

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

chin37Yuyuan Bazaar, Shanghai

 

 

chin38The city backstreets, Shanghai

 

 

chin39Site of the founding of the Chinese Communist Party in 1921, Shanghai

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

chin40Garden of the Master of the Nets,Suzhou

 

 

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LINKS

www.chinatoday.com  - lots of info about China

http://en.beijing2008.cn - Official site for the Beijing Olympics

www.beijingeguide.com - guide to Beijing

 

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