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... many of whom were political prisoners. An estimated 180 million cubic metres of rammed earth was used to form the core of the wall.
Ming engineers made determined efforts to revamp the eroding bastion, facing it with some 60 million cubic metres of bricks and stone slabs. This project took over a century.
The wall largely failed to prevent Mongol armies imposing foreign rule on China from 1279 to 1368. Even the Europeans who arrived during the 19th ...
... taste. This was made in a tea cup with saucer and lid, then served in small tea cups from a glass jug known as the fair cup, because tea poured from this is mixed and served fairly. All the tea implements were heated with hot water over a tea stand before the tea was served.
The next tea was an Oolong tea known as a blue tea. This was served in two cups, the first a long thin cup for smelling and a shorter cup for drinking. The cups are a set and each has the ...
... visited during our trip to China. Even though it was prohibited to enter most of the halls and palaces we could easily admire their magnificence from outside. The Forbidden City is unbelievably spacious, and from the architectural point of view it must call attention of complete amateurs. Even Gonzalo had a great time because last time he visited the Forbidden City it was covered with snow. I believe the vibe of each site changes with the season.
Day 3: July 11, ...
... 5 mins, but hey he now thinks he is Michael Jordan!) and Lily with some Hello Kitty gear.
Totally shopped out we retired to the Hostel. I went down to the local supermarket for some supplies and then had dinner at a local restaurant. Dumplings, Seared Pork, Wok Style Beans, Fried Rice, Beer and Softdrinks all for $25. Again Tasty.
Tomorrow we are off to the Great Wall. Time Kel put an entry on the blog I think?
... The 15 different dumplings we tasted were all delicious.
Jean and Isabel left us for their second half of China Tour with OAT (Overseas Adventure Tour). It was hard to believe that we had travelled together for over a month. It would be interesting to see how their commercial China tour compare with our little free spirited self-guided private tour.
We visited two popular tourist spots - the old town "Front Gate" (前门）and the ...