Pandas, Terracotta Warriors and Beijing

Trip Start Jan 01, 2006
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Trip End Jun 30, 2006


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Sunday, April 30, 2006

We are in a ver large internet cafe with over 250 workstations. I'm guessing 80% are playing computer days - and having a LOT of fun!!!

Too bad this nice internet cafe doesn't allow you too upload photos - so I'll provide links too other peoples photos (after all - we all take the same pictures).

Pandas

We visited the Giant Panda's at the Chengdu Giant Panda Research Centre a couple of days ago. We took lots of photos and had a very pleasant walk through the research centre. We were afraid we would see lots of pushie and loud asian tourists but luckily we were wrong. The centre is excellent and we saw many very healthy Panda's. It was also such a treat to get away from all the city's pollution.

Here is a website that has lots of Panda information from the place we visited.

Panda Info
Cute Panda Photos

Terracotta Warriors
The warriors and their horses were even more impressive then we could have imagined. First you enter a smaller building where you find two horse drawn carrages made from Brass that are 2 thousand years old. Since we've been to Egypt and seen so much there - it was same, same, but different.

Then we entered a building much like a big ice hockey arena - like the ones my mother drover me too so many cold winter morning many years ago. But instead of hockey players there were THOUSDANDS (8,000) of these Terracotta Warriors. There all lined up in rows and looking towards the front of the building. We all had so much fun taking pictures with them, of them, and as them. You heard me right - they offered a service were they took your face and pasted it into there heads. Clinton visited previously and did it - so if it is good enough for Clinton it is good enough for me! The picture looks great - but it will take us a while to scan it in and upload due to internet restrictions here.

Click here for detailed information
If you'd like to buy a copy of your own warrior click here

Beijing
We're in Beijing and loving it.

After another overnight train (4 in China, 3 in Vietnam, 1 in Malaysia and 1 in Thailand we arrived in Beijing.

The tour had 3 activities planned today. A walk in an old "village", the Forbiden City and a Kong Fu show in the evening. Well - after 9 overnight trains, 33,000 kms of travel we know a thing "doing too much" in one day. We made our own schedule as follows:...

* Breakfast (yum yum dim sum)
* Walk to Tiananmen Square
* Nap
* Interneting
* Kong Fu show

Tiananmen Square (site of protests in 1989) is an amazing place and we really enjoying walking around and talking too people. Sometimes we just say hi, sometimes the speak perfect English and we chat for a while.

Click here to learn more about it as a tourist site - and a protest site.

Beside the square is a Mausoleum to the old man. It was really fun going through with thousands of Chinese. They have a great system to move people along - but it slow down when some people "threw them selves down" and cried. Were they protesting, remembering Mao or compaining about the squat toilets - we'll never know.


Info in Chairman Mao.

Time to grab some dinner.

Cheers,

David and Veronica
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