Saturday, April 08, 2006

Day 2 . . . and some more of 1 . . .

I apologize for the lapse there--it was mainly my fault (A), but it was bloggers fault too. Once I got all the pictures ordered and labeled (for more efficient blogging) then blogger was being lame and not uploading them. Cross your fingers and wish me luck--here we go . . . China, Day 2!!!

But first, a little more of day one . . . we didn't have all our pics downloaded to our computers last time, therefore there are some more pics from our first day that I'd like to add. As mentioned earlier we got some suits made by a local tailor. We love the suits and we loved that they were so cheap, but as you'll see in these pictures there was also reason to feel a little sad (guilty?) for being able to purchase something so well made for so little.

Here is me getting measured . . .

Here is B getting measured . . .

Here's a better shot of the Tailor . . .

And here is his shop/home . . . Yes, behind that yellow curtain is his 'bedroom.' It isn't uncommon to see such simple and humble living conditions in China, but no matter where it is and who it is, I can't help but feel grateful for living in the US. I know we have our poverty problems too, but we're still very fortunate.


OK--now on to day 2. The Forbidden City! (Ooooohhh. . . )

For those of you who don't know anything about The Forbidden City (like we didn't) here's a brief history/description. The FC was the palace for the Emperial family (China was still being ruled by emperors up until 1912) during the Ming and Qing dynasties. It is massive . . . with extensive grounds, gardens, temples, buildings etc it covers over 720,000 square meters and is located in the center of Beijing and directly north of Tiananmen Square. (Check out this satellite photo of the Forbidden City). During Emperial rule, the city was strictly for the Emperial family, the Emperor, his wives and concubines and thousands of eunuchs. (What's a eunuch? It's a man who willingly had his genitals cut off so that he could be a servant to the emperor. The only males allowed in the city besides the emperor and maybe an advisor or two had to be eunuchs so that the emperor could be sure that all babies born in the city were his.)

Whew, enough about that--here are some pictures!

B in Tiananmen (this was really the only cold day, thus the hoodie worn ET style).


The longest line in the WORLD--these people are lined up to see Chairman Mao's body (on the left). Not his grave . . . his frozen, preserved body. You can't tell really tell how long this line is, but this line wrapped around Tiananmen Square and it's the largest square in the world . . . so no frozen dead bodies for us.


The South Entrance to the Forbidden City featuring, who else? Chairman Mao!


A close up of the portrait.


This is probably the most famous building of The Forbidden City--The Hall of Supreme Harmony--also seen in various movies (The Last Emperor, for one), too bad it's all in scaffolding. Still looks cool.


Miggy proving that you don't need knees to pass through the doors . . .

More Forbidden . . .

Forbidden . . .

B the lion . . .

Definitely Forbidden!


"That bell was THIS big!" (At the Bell Tower)

The Drum Tower. . .


Around Beijing . . .


On a rickshaw ride. . .


Chinese Men . . .


Old rickshaw. . .

Old man practicing calligraphy. . .

calligraphy. . .


Undoubtedly the worst part of day 2 . . . our lunch. We thought that "sliced white chicken" sounded pretty harmless. As you can see, this looks harmful. Do they really think that sad little chicken head makes it more appetizing?


Whew! That was a long day. Luckily that night Frank and Melody treated us to some REAL Chinese food. (or was it the night before?) The food was SOOOOO good and nothing like you get in the states. No wonder I wasn't a huge fan of Chinese food, we're getting shafted over here. From now on when people ask me if I like Chinese food I'll say "Yes!" Then when they ask me if I'd like to go get some, I'll say "No."

That's it for now kids. . . stay tuned for more!

2 comments:

  1. day 6 or 7 or 8 already! where's day three??
    brackdawg, i know your lover was on trek all weekend, you have no excuses, bro...

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