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Welcome to China!

Hey everyone!

So we are on our last country for this period of travels, and it is of course CHINA! Our first stop is in Beijing, China, where we spent 4 days cruising around the city and taking in as much of the tourist spots as possible.

Beijing 3

On our way to our first spot, we met this young Chinese boy. Now, at the airport we where told by a lovely lady called Laura that if you ever needed someone to speak English, your best bet was to ask the teenagers or young adults because it is mandatory for them to learn English in school. And what would you know, that proved to be very useful information!  He showed us around for a bit and took us to the

Presidents Palace,

Emperors Palace

Tiananmen Square,

Tiannamen Square 2

and finally

The Forbidden City,

before he had to go home for dinner XD.

Forbidden City

So let’s talk The Forbidden City, this place was MASSIVE, it served as the Chinese imperial palace from the Ming Dynasty to the end of the Qing Dynasty. Most of the palaces, temples, and large attractions that we visited in China are from either  the Ming(1368–1644) or Qinq(1644–1912) Dynasty, as they where the most recent and most things have since stayed in tact.

The Forbidden City contains over 980 surviving buildings with 8,707 rooms! Needless to say, we did NOT walk into every room. Mainly because alot of the rooms are actually closed off to the public, or if they are open, they are heavy guarded with most of the historic artifacts either already removed, or placed behind glass.

Forbidden City 5

Forbidden City Gardens

Courtyard in the Forbidden City.

Emperors Stone Path 2

The Emperor’s path, only he was allowed to walk down this, everyone else would take either the path to the left or to the right, depending on their rank.

Stone cut to tell the story of the Dragon and the Pearl, symbolizing the Emperor holding the world. There is all sorts of meanings, but whenever you see a Dragon and a Pearl, it is a symbol of the Emperor.
Forbidden City Lion

Rawr!

Next off, what is a visit to China without a bit of SHOPPING!! Yes, I am a girl and how could I resist! The amount of fake and knock-off products was unbelievable. Every major high-fashion bag brand had fakes at the market. And there was good fakes, and bad fakes. The good fakes looked so real I honesty believe you could pass it off as genuine.

Silk Market

In a later tour that took us to a place that shall remain anonymous for the time being, we got to stop off at a jade factory. Here they had some of the most amazing jade sculptures I have ever seen! The quality and quantity was outstanding, unfortunately the price was ridiculous, and therefor there was no jade purchasing for Nadine :/

Jade Family Ball

Jade Sculptures 3

Spot Nadine

Look closely at the photo and maybe you can see an amazing photographer at work! Heheh

Birds Nest!

Now this was a must! I HAD to see the Birds Nest Olympic 2008 Stadium, even though it was only literally a 2 second photo. I convinced our tour bus to pull over on the side of the road so I could run up and take a peek! (Cause the bus wasn’t allowed to stop there :P)

Anyways, that’s all for this post, TONS more China coming at you!!

-Nadine

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11 Comments

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    p tafoya (n8ivejmz)
    June 27, 2010 at 10:07 pm

    Nice blog, i always thought china would be a great place to visit. it does look amazing. the jade sculptures are cool. can’t wait to see more : )

    p.s. how did your interview go?

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    Don (dspid2404)
    June 28, 2010 at 2:08 am

    You should have gone for the yellow line. They say you haven’t lived unless you have been thrown out of at least one country. Just make sure you film it. Of course China may not be the one you want to fool with.

    Do you have to pay to get into the Forbidden City or is it free? I was wondering because there are so many people there whenever you see it. Of course its China which doesn’t exactly lack in people.

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    Rachael
    June 28, 2010 at 3:26 am

    Hey Nadine!

    This all looks really amazing, although I am starting to get confused because you write it as if you are there or have just left, but I see on your youtube video you were there months ago. Hope you are still having a great time whatever you are currently doing :)

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    Michael
    June 28, 2010 at 10:48 am

    I’m in Beijing too right now! I won’t be visiting any of the tourist places though this time through.
    Looks like your having fun, even though its really hot here these few days

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    Daniel Johnson
    June 28, 2010 at 6:27 pm

    Very cool blog entry. China looks like a nice place to visit. My cousin was adopted from China. The buildings have amazing architecture. I like the jade carving too! :D

    P.S. Any new postcards soon? :P

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    ralph marie de largo
    June 29, 2010 at 8:32 pm

    Hey Nadine… did U purchase some luxurious chinese silk for a custom sewn dress…? A dress has always been Ur strongest suit… ;)

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    netster
    July 1, 2010 at 3:15 am

    I went to China few months ago… Didnt go to Beijing though. Hey should have cross the yellow line! hahahahahhaha

    Cheers following you on tweeter :D

    @netster23

  • Reply
    Wei
    September 21, 2010 at 2:15 am

    Hi there, I bet you guys have a great time in Beijing. It’s so nice to see you enjoy it. Actually I’m a Beijing girl. The place you went is the essential in Beijng. You’ve got all the stories, the history, and the tradition most importantly. Smart guys!! you are experts in travelling!!

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    Mark
    November 10, 2011 at 10:53 pm

    took us to a place that shall remain anonymous for the time being

    Why?

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