2012 - Tour of China
Our visit to Shanghai, Xi'an, Beijing and Shenzhen in August 2012.
Morning exercise class in Shanghai.
Entrance to the ornate Jade Buddha Temple, Shanghai.
The magnificent Jade Buddha.
Statues in the Jade Buddha Temple.
Oyster with natural cultured pearl.
China is the world's largest producer of cultured pearls
The Bund skyline, Shanghai.
Shanghai Maglev Train (SMT).
The world's fastest train with a top speed of 431 km/h. It is a magnetic levitation train, where the wheels don't actually touch the track.
Our welcome at the City Gate, Xi'an.
Inside the City Gates, Xi'an.
We were treated to an elaborate reception and given a 'golden key' as esteemed guests.
Traditional dancers, Xi'an.
Colourful costumes inside the gates of Xi'an.
Xi'an city walls.
North main gate tower.
Clay potter creating colourful painted dragons.
Hand-made and hand-painted dragon ornament.
Life-size replica terracotta warriors.
Terracotta Army warriors.
These were the replica ones on sale in the shop at the excavation site
Trevor becomes a Terracotta Warrior!
Terracotta Warriors, pit 1 of the excavation site.
Terracotta warriors, including horses.
Another view of the Terracotta Warriors in Pit 1.
The statues date back to 220-219 BC, and were discovered by chance by workmen digging a well in March 1974.
Monument to the People, Tiananmen Square, Beijing.
The famous Tiananmen Square, Beijing.
Portrait of Chairman Mao, Tiananmen Square.
Just above the gates to the Forbidden City.
A building in the Forbidden City.
The Forbidden City is just beyond Tiananmen Square and is about a mile long by half a mile wide - incredible.
The vast, incredible Forbidden City.
It contains over 900 buildings and about 8,000 rooms.
The "Birds' Nest" stadium, Beijing.
The stadium that was built for the 2008 Olympic Games.
The Olympic aquatic centre, Beijing.
Nicknamed "The Cube".
Start of the Great Wall of China.
The entrance to the Great Wall at Badaling.
This was where we started to "walk the wall".
The famous Great Wall of China.
The iconic and instantly recognisable Great Wall.
Statue at the Beijng Summer Palace.
Beijing Summer Palace.
Gateway to the Summer Palace.