Mridul's China Trip

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My younger brother Mridul and his wife Kochi went to China last July of 2006. Here are some of the pictures and their travel stories from their website at www.moinul.org
We went to visit China for vacation on July 15, 2006 and spent 10 days visiting 4 cities. We returned on the 25th of July. We visited Beijing, Xian, Guilin and Shanghai. We enjoyed the trip very much and were very fascinated with all the things that we saw in China.

China has a very rich history. We saw tombs that were very old (2200 years old!), palaces for different dynasties and very modern high rise buildings.

Our international flight to China was via Air China. All the domestic flight were also on Air China with one eexception when we used China Eastern Airlines. The domestic flights and terminals were all as up to date and comparable to the domestic air service in America.

The links on the left will lead you to pictures and more information of our trip to China. Look around and enjoy. Remember to click on the pictures to get a larger view of the picture.
 
We used Ritz Tours to visit China. This is the first time we took a tour to visit a country. We had a very good experience with them. They handled every aspect of our trip from the moment we landed in China to the time we left China. We would recommend them to you. Our group consisted of 20 people. See the picture below. Also included in the picture is our overall tour guide manager, Nelson (top left) and the local tour guide for Beijing, Crystal (top right).

Further down you will find a map of China as well. Enjoy the pictures....

 

Tiananmen Square – World's largest central city square - 440,000 square meters and can hold 4M people at a time. Below are some pictures from Tiananmen Square.

Forbidden City – Now known as the Palace Museum. Construction began in 1407 and completed in 1420. It has been the imperial palace of the Ming and Qing dynasties. The Forbidden City is divided into two sections. The southern section (Outer Court) and the northern section (Inner Court). From the Outer Court emperor exercised his power over the nation. In the Inner Court, the emperor lived with his royal family.

There are 9,999 buildings. The yellow color is dominant in the Forbidden City as yellow is the symbol of  the royal family. Below are some pictures of the Forbidden City.

 

 

Summer Palace at Kunming Lake – The Summer Palace is the archetypal Chinese garden, and is ranked amongst the most noted and classical gardens of the world. The Summer Palace can be divided into four parts: the court area, front-hill area, front-lake area, and rear-hill and back-lake area.

 

 

Temple of Heaven – The Temple of Heaven is much larger than the Forbidden City. The Temple was built in 1420 AD in the Ming Dynasty to offer sacrifice to Heaven. Chinese emperors called themselves as “son of heaven” and thus dared not to build the Forbidden City larger than Heaven.

The northern part within the wall is semicircular symbolizing the heavens and the southern part is square symbolizing the earth. The northern part is higher than the southern part. This design shows that the heaven is high and the earth is low and the design reflected an ancient Chinese thought of 'The heaven is round and the earth is square'.

 

 

Shanghai - is the largest industrial city in China. It has a population of about 19 million people.

 

 

Xian - is one of the birthplaces of the ancient civilization in the Yellow River Basin area of the country. During Xian's 3,100 year development, 13 dynasties such as Western Zhou (11th century BC - 771 BC), Qin (221 BC - 206 BC), Western Han (206 BC - 24 AD) and Tang (618 - 907) placed their capitals here. So far, Xian enjoys equal fame with Athens, Cairo, and Rome as one of the four major ancient civilization capitals
 

The Terra Cotta Warriors  is the most significant archaeological excavations of the 20th century. The Emperor Qin Shi Huang, the first emperor of China, took 11 years to build this mausoleum.

 

 

Guilin - is a place of natural scenic beauty. The city is located in an area where the hills are stunning. The city came across as homey. It just felt very relaxed and comfortable.

Li River Cruise - We were taken on a three hour cruise on the Li River. There were breath taking scenery all around from the start of the trip to the end. Both President Nixon and President Clinton has taken this cruise and enjoyed it very much.

 

Reed Flute Cave - There was another stop on the way back to Guilin. This was a limestone cave. We got to see limestone formations, stalactite and stalagmites. The caves were all lit up with bright pure colors and the view was incredible.

 

 

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