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... about their ancestors, a bit like a stone Domesday book.
The day was very warm and we were glad to check out some of the exhibits in the side rooms to get out of the sun! One exhibit about the examinations had a small selection of cheat sheets on silk, not as elaborate as in the temple in Shanghai, but enough to amuse St John.
The central temple to Confucius in the Imperial College is square with a round moat filled with lotuses and gold fish. Very ...
... east and west gates is 750 meters.
Construction of the palace complex began in 1407, the 5th year of the Yongle reign of the third emperor (Emperor Chengzu, Zhu Di) of the Ming dynasty. It was completed 14 years later in 1420, and then the capital city was moved from Nanjing to Beijing the next year. It was said that a million workers including 100,000 artisans were driven into the long-term hard labor. The Purple Palace was divided into two parts. The southern section, or ...
... the mood) and picked up a liitle bit of jewellery, art and small buddha head for Jett (obsessed with getting this after visiting Big Buddha in HK).
We then jumped on the crowed Metro to the Silk Market. The kids have been getting lots of stares everywhere they go especially on the packed Metro. Was freaking them out to begin with, but they are becoming increasing use to the attention they are getting. Many youg ladies ask ...
... I found the old trees (mostly Pine and Cedar) fascinating. We even found a Gingko tree that is over a thousand year old and yet vibrant with new leaf. Chinese considers old tree like an old person showing tenacity and gumption in the face of aging. They both deserve admiration and respect.
Tiananmen Square, as usual, were full of people. I caught "an international encounter" when a young Chinese boy found a western girl interesting and ran straight to ...
... from the local office, a young woman called Robin. She normally does an office admin job, but was allowed out because of the staff shortages. This is the start of a Golden Week, a full week of public holidays.
Robin was very excited as she's not from Beijing and hasn't seen many of the sights yet. She took us drinking in Pub Street, where we met yet another tour group we had seen on part of the trans-Mongolian ...