Some of the photographs from my recent trip to China are beginning to trickle through the processing & reach the site. There’s just under 5,000 photographs to get through, though some of those are my holiday shots so will end up printed for my albums & wont be going into the gallery.
First to go up are the photographs from the Mu Tian Ya section of the Great Wall of China. Mu Tian Ya is about a 2.5 hour drive from Beijing, though that’s certainly dependent on the time of day & amount of traffic. Peak Hour in Beijing is second to none.
It was beautiful up there; sunny & hot, roughly a 34 degree day (that’s 93.2 fahrenheit for those of you not using the metric system) but the shade inside the guard towers was at least 10 degrees less, the ancient stones keeping the cool. The smog/haze wasn’t the greatest, but certainly wasn’t as bad as Beijing was 6 days later. The Chinese characters painted on the mountain [apparently] read “Honest Mu Tian Ya” – while I can speak a little Mandarin, I cannot (yet) read it.
Mu Tian Ya has been open to the public for 12 years. It’s not overly touristed, like Ba Da Ling is, but it’s definitely getting there.
Also uploaded are photographs from the Underground Palace in the Tomb of the 13th Ming Emperor. Not far from Beijing, this was the first tomb to be opened. It was only opened due to the manner in which it was ‘incorrectly’ closed; untimely deaths & bad weather.
The original coffins were replaced when the tomb was opened – the new wood of the replicas looking nicer than the original ‘old’ wood. Then, during the cultural revolution, the remains of the Emperor & his two Empresses were destroyed by the people. The marble thrones are still intact, as are the massive doors with their 72 doornails. It is considered good luck to throw money to the coffins of the Emperor & Emperesses.
The 2008 Olympics were held in Beijing & the jade factory that made the medals for the Olympians is open to the public to visit. They explain the manenr in which jade is found, the different types & grades of jade, traditions, as well as how to pick the real jade out from the fakes. Not only the item itself, but its position in your home & the direction it faces are important in Feng Shui.
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