Sunday, March 11, 2007

China Trip - Part 1

Vanessa and I just got back from our trip to China and I'm going to spread out some of the details over several days. We took over eight hundred pictures, so I'll be sharing a few from each of the days. In this first (of many) posts about the China trip I'll talk about our first day of sight seeing in Beijing.

It snowed on our first morning in China and it was a welcome if not shocking change from the weather back home. I've been missing the snow since I moved to California so it was good to be in it again, even if it made walking around a bit difficult. We started the day with a short tour of the Summer Palace, which was a gift from the emperor to his mother for her 60th birthday. It was quite a gift, a man made lake and acres of gardens.

After seeing the palace, we traveled to the Ming Tombs and visited the largest tomb. The buildings were massive and filled with artifacts buried with the emperors of days long gone by. The styles and designs of the ancient crowns and armor were very interesting and not quite what I was expecting. If you'd like to see more pictures, I'll point you to a place where you can view them. Tune in for more details from the trip in the very near future.
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