TRAVEL SCRAPBOOK of
SARA and MACK in
November 22 to December 1, 2000
MAP OF CHINA
First flew to Beijing from Los Angeles for 12 hours;
Then flew to Xi'an;
Then flew to Shanghai;
Then flew to San Francisco for 10 hours
THE NATIONAL FLAG OF CHINA
PART 1 -- TOUR IN BEIJING
Beijing, China with population of 12.59 million
Capital of China since 600 years ago
9 million bikers in that city alone
INSIDE THE FORBIDDEN CITY: THE IMPERIAL RESIDENCE
THE SUMMER PALACE OF THE IMPERIAL DYNASTY
THE EMPORER'S TOMBS OF MING DYNASTY (Chang Ling)
THE EMPORER'S TOMBS OF MING DYNASTY (Chang Ling)
THE GREAT WALL (Juyongguan Section)
VIEW FROM THE GREAT WALL TOP
THE TRIOS AT THE GREAT WALL TOP
Mack, Don and Janeen of Arizona out of 52 persons in
the group have climbed the Great Wall on steep mountains,
reached the top, and got a metal certificate.
TOURING AT THE CLOISONNE FACTORY
Cloisonne is an old established art in Asia. Cloisonne enamel
was developed during the 10th century. A glass enamel is
applied between small ribbons of metal on a metal base.
FINISHED CLOISONNE VASE
THE TEMPLE OF HEAVEN
The Temple of Heaven is China's largest existing temple complex.
It used to serve for the worship of heaven and celebration of
harvest by Ming and Qing Emporers.
FEEDING A BIRD AT THE TEMPLE OF HEAVEN
TOURING AT THE PEARL FACTORY
Black pearls found in fresh-water oysters.
SHOPPING AT THE PEARL FACTORY
Betty, Sara & June
ACROBATS SHOW -- PICTURE #1
ACROBATS SHOW -- PICTURE #2
PANDA AT BEIJING ZOO
Panda is part of the rodent family -- not the bear one.
City tour guide Marc (left) with sign language interpreter Joy Goodson
PART 2 -- TOUR IN XI'AN
Xi'an, China with population of 6.62 million
As one of the six ancient capitals in China, Xi'an served as the seat of
12 imperial capitals for 1,120 years and also a world-famous tourist city,
a treasure house of cultural relics.
Dust and coal smoke fill the city air.
THE GREAT TERRA COTTA WARRIORS OF 2,200 YEARS AGO
For a long time, when the emperors died, slaves were killed and buried with them.
Until Qin Shi Huang became an emperor, he stopped the practice.
In 1974, some peasants digging a well by chance uncovered one of the greatest
archaeological sites in the world. During his reign (from 247 BC until July 210 BC),
Qin Shihuang, the first emperor of China built himself a mausoleum with more than
warriors guarding his dead body, not two of them looking the same.
There are four main category of figures, chariot warriors, infantry men, cavalrymen,
and horses. There are generals, middle ranking officers, lower ranking officers,
ordinary soldiers and armoured warriors. The latter can be further divided, according
to their headgear into warriors with a square scarf, a cylindrical bun, a flat bun
and kneeling warriors (crossbowmen). The terra-cotta warriors and horses
are acclaimed as the "eighth wonder of the world."
CLOSE-UP FACE OF LIFE-SIZE WARRIORS
CHARIOT WITH HORSES OF 2,200 YEARS AGO
CLOSE-UP FACE OF A CHARIOT DRIVER
HUA QING HOT SPRINGS -- PICTURE #1
The Huaqing Hot Spring are to be found in a large park containing a number of
public baths and some modern palaces built in the Tang style. The hot springs, rich
in minerals, were highly regarded more than 3000 years ago. The Tang Emperor
Xuanzong often spent the winter here.
HUAQING HOT SPRINGS -- PICTURE #2
HUAQING HOT SPRINGS -- PICTURE #3
HUAQING HOT SPRINGS -- PICTURE #4
June (left, standing), Lily (left, seated, China tour director), Sara (right, seated),
and Betty (right, standing). The red inscription on the rock says
"The scenery here is the best."
BANPO VILLAGE IN A MUSEUM
Banpo Neolithic Village was discovered in 1953, the remains of a village inhabited at
the time of about 4500 B.C. to 3750 B.C. by the earliest settlers in the area.
BANPO HOUSE INSIDE THE MUSEUM
COLORFUL TANG DYNASTY DINNER SHOW -- PICTURE #1
COLORFUL TANG DYNASTY DINNER SHOW -- PICTURE #2
TYPICAL CHINESE MEAL WITH SWIVELING TABLE
RICE IS THE ONLY GOOD FOOD.
PART 3 -- TOUR IN SHANGHAI
Shanghai, China with population of 14.19 million
SHANGHAI, known as Paris of the East before, is a vibrant, fascinating
cosmopolitan city blended with historical European influences. It is also
China's major center of business, finance, industry and culture.
MODERN AND SOPHISTICATED CITY AT NIGHT
COLORFUL AND LIVELY NIGHT ON NANJING ROAD
WHITE JADE BUDDHA STATUES
INSIDE THE JADE BUDDHA TEMPLE
Reclining lady (left) and seated lady (right)
GOLDEN BUDDHA STATUE
AT THE JADE BUDDHA TEMPLE
EXQUISITE JADE ROCK AT YU YUAN GARDEN
A 400-year-old classical Chinese garden
Faces of the Chinese People
STARING AT US, THE AMERICANS, WITH FASCINATION.
WORKER WEAVING AN ORIENTAL CARPET
WORKER PIERCING PEARLS WITH NYLON STRING
CITY WORKER SWEEPING THE STREET
CITY POLICE DIRECTING THE TRAFFIC
AN OLD MAN
MILITARY GUARD AT TINANMEN SQUARE
OUR CARL JUST JOINED THE COMMUNIST
PARTY AND IS PROUD OF HIS NEW HAT.
HIS FIRST JOB IS TO BLOCK BUSES
FROM ENTERING THE GREAT WALL.
EMPRESS SARA AND EMPEROR MACK