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The Forbidden City |
The Forbidden City was off-limits to most of the world for 500 years. This grouping of 800
buildingd with 9,999 rooms evokes images of beautiful concubines guarded by muscular
eunuchs, aged emperors, and conspicuous wealth beyond the imaging of the ancient
poverty chained Chinese peasant.
Most of the existing buildings were built from 1700 on. Older
buildings were repeatedly destroyed by fire or invading armies.
A full time maintenance and restoration army works continually on
the structures. Roughly 10 year cycles are required to repair
and maintain the complex before it is time to begin again.
For some, the acrobats will be the
highlight of our Beijing visit.
the People |
During out stay in
Beijing we'll be accompanied by a Chinese speaking guide most of the
time. In addition we will probably meet some Chinese natives
and have the opportunity to talk and eat with them. Friends
of Keith will probably join us for an evening meal and possibly come
along with us during some the sightseeing. They like to practice
their English and to meet foreigners. Our clients have told
us that this adds a lot of interest to the tours.
One afternoon (time permitting) we will take a leisurely rickshaw ride through some of the
ancient hutong areas. These areas have remained relatively unchanged for hundreds of
years. Now, as Beijing gradually undergoes total redevelopment those hutongs are
disappearing. The old face of China is slowly getting rebuilt.
who don't feel so adventuresome about their
food choices will have a good meal in a nice restaurant. Keith, who
is scheduled to lead this trip, loves to eat from street vendors and outdoor
food stands. Whether
in New York at a hot dog cart, Mexico at a taco stand or here in China at
a street vendors' stand he
is compelled to test and taste as wide a variety of food as he can
Our hotel choice in Beijing is the 4 star Peixin Hotel. We
also use the 3 star Chongwenmen Hotel and the 4 star Golden Palace
read about the Great Wall, which we also visit during the Beijing
segment our tour. Our tour takes you to the least visited
section of the wall. It is also the most scenic and photogenic.
Why is it the least visited? Because the transport costs to
that location are far greater. So almost all the tours go
to the Badaling or Simitai sections of the wall.
We have changed our visit to the
Forbidden City to be to The Summer Palace. This is because
of over crowding at the Forbidden City. Or we may visit
Built in the 1700s this very large temple is a fine example of
the architecture and furnishings of the time. Unlike the
Forbidden City or the Summer Palace, here we can actually walk
of the rooms. This Temple houses a fantastic 26 meter tall
standing Buddha carved from a single enormous sandalwood tree.
This is Keith's favorite of the three locations we might visit.
We usually visit the Summer Palace and seldom go to The Lama Temple
because it is not as well known.
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