Holiday Inn Beijing Deshengmen
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... bowing to the idols inside of the temple, and I was constantly wondering about how these disciples could have a religious experience with so many non-believers around.
The first temple was a Daoist temple. I didn't know this before, but Daoism has a bureaucracy for the afterlife. There is a department for EVERYTHING, and some are included in my pictures (76 total and 18 forms of punishment). The perimeter of the temples has exhibits where each department ...
... Our guide on the bus was very good, great English and she told us lots of things about the Chinese way of life, family, etc. and she made everything very interesting.
We arrived at the Forbidden City which was an amazing place but very crowded - full of Chinese and tourists - there were 16 buses from Aurora!! The City was built in 1406 and covers 250 acres. Lots of palaces, statues and gardens - nothing like we know - huge rock formations - wierd looking ...
I travelled from Jacksonville, Fl to Detroit,Beijing, China. Who knew, that in that time I can speak a little Chinese, use a squat toilet, eat Chinese food ALOT, meet new people and love them already. Almost get hit by a bus, teach again which I forgot how much I loved. Miss my grand babies and kiddos, and wonderful Jacksonville friends. And having the best time ...
... Today, an all-pervading spirit of change has added an exiting new dimension to the city.
Expanding in concentric rings from the Forbidden City at its core, the grid-like layout of modern-day Beijing still echoes its Ming dynasty blueprint. Old Beijing survives in its temples, palaces and old alleyways (hutong) ...
... car up to Gate 9. The cable car system is remarkably efficient and the wait is due to the hordes of people in the line. We finally get onto the wall! This is pretty exciting as, well, it's The Great Wall of China! And I'm on it! With a million other people. Aside from the size of the crowds, I was surprised at how steep the wall is. I don't think there is any stretch of it that is level for more than a few feet. You are either straining to climb uphill ...
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