Tag Archives: Beijing

Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside

Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside If you attend the Beijing Opera, you’ll be given an opportunity (prior to the opening act) to leave your table or seat in the audience and stand at the edge of the stage.  There, you’ll get … Continue reading

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What’s so great about the Great Wall?

It’s probably on the bucket list of everyone who has ever dreamed of visiting China.  After all, it’s listed in the World Cultural Heritage Directory by UNESCO and named one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.  So, of … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Focus

The WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge this week is Focus.  Although this picture doesn’t utilize a camera’s ability to focus close-up or far away in a unique manner, it does reveal something mesmerizing about this little girl I saw in Tienanmen … Continue reading

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Riding a slow boat in China at Beijing’s Summer Palace

A welcome respite from the afternoon sun and long walks through Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City awaited us on our first full day in Beijing.  We were headed to the Summer Palace, a peaceful, expansive park complete with lakes, … Continue reading

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Those Beijing hat guys!!

Who needs entertainment when you’ve got vendors and salespeople all around you?  Beijing brought out dozens of hat guys selling collapsible paper hats.  Some in rainbow colors. Some plain. But not all hat guys, you understand, are thrilled to be in pictures. … Continue reading

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Fly over the Forbidden City? Yes, you can!

As we strolled through Beijing’s Forbidden City, I caught a glimpse of two children dashing up a ramp near one of the museum rooms.  Since I was headed for cooler climes anyway (museum rooms are air conditioned!), I wanted to … Continue reading

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Touring the Forbidden City, home of the last Emperor of China

It was hard to believe that we were leaving Tiananmen Square to tour one of our can’t-wait-to-see locations, the Forbidden City.  After all, we had seen this site in The Last Emperor years ago and remembered it fondly. Filmed with the permission of Chinese … Continue reading

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The Vastness of Tiananmen Square

Although we had arrived in Beijing one day prior to the first itinerary day of our Viking River Cruise and had a leisurely day exploring the Beijing Zoo and Lama Temple, our first “real” day found us literally running to … Continue reading

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China’s quietly reverent Lama Temple (Yonghegong)

On our first of many hot, steamy days touring China, we left the Beijing Zoo, navigated the labyrinthine subway system (completely dependent on the kindness of strangers), boarded Line 2 of the Circle Line, and walked the sidewalk lined with … Continue reading

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