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Published: December 5th 2018
Beijing airport the 2nd largest in the world next to Atlanta Georgia, followed by Dubai, Tokyo, London Heathrow, Los Angeles and Hong kong. We have now officially added this task to are bucket list and visited them all.
Beijing formerly Peking is the capitol of peoples republic of china, the worlds most populous city proper, and most populous capital city. Located in Northern China, governed under the direct administration of central government within urban, suburban and rural.
The hutong's are a type of narrow street or alley commonly associated with Beijing. Hutongs are alleys formed by lines of siheyuan, traditional courtyard residences. Many neighborhoods were formed by joining one siheyuar to another to form a Hutong, and then joining another to another. The word Hutong is also used to refer such neighbourhoods. Since the mid 20th century,, a large number of hutongs were demolished to make way for new roads and buildings. We visited today by tour on Rickshaw and were invited for tea and cookies at the home of Ms Wuwong.
The bell Tower and Drum Tower Built in 1272. At one time in history they were time telling center for the city telling the time by
them played an important role in helping people live work regularly. Now history and used for entertainment of the locals and tourists. Early December the coals burning for heat the temperature is near freezing at times of the day in the North and the pollution is so bad daylight is dim. In Beijing they have adopted the odd even driving days but the numbers are so huge us westerners have not ever lived this many were face masks but I think 4 days we can survive.
We left early took the journey into the 5th ring road to the Long Di superior Jade factory, it is the best one in Beijing with quality work and beautiful products, we then carried on to the grand venture the Great Wall
The great wall of china is a series of fortifications made of stone, brick, tamped earth, wood and other materials, generally built along an east-to-west line across the historical northern borders of China to protect the Chinese states and empires against the raids and invasions of the various, nomadic groups of Eurasian steppe with an eye to expansion, Several walls built as early as the 7th century BC,
these later joined together made a bigger and stronger wall. It paces through 6 provinces and was built during the Quin dynasty. Today we challenged the 12kms from Badaling 690 steps to make it to Hero's tower it was a personal challenge well rewarded by the beauty to be had above .
We visited the Pandas at the Panda Pen amazing animals and a honor to see.
Forbidden city (no commoners allowed) is a palace complex. It served as the home for emperors and their households as well as the ceremonial and political center of Chinese government for almost 500 years. The way of living, the belief's and the lifestyle were far from today's. The leaders and the riches and the commoners and the poverty. The emperor's with the empress and all his concubine where women had no leadership or rights.
Stopped at the best pearl factory in Beijing on our way, then proceeded to the Summer palace. It is a vast assembly of lakes, gardens and palaces in Beijing. It is an Imperial garden in the Quin dynasty. Mainly dominated by longevity hill and Kinming lake. The origin of the summer palace date back to the
Junchen-led Jen dynasty 1153, when the 4th ruler Wayan liang moved to Jen capitol.
A fine end to the day with Peking Duck at restaurant 6
Our travel through Japan and China a great experience and adventure of a life time. Tokyo a city of beauty inspite the huge population it is clean, organized and the people are very kind and helpful. Their culture keeps things pretty much the same for all the people. China the massive cities and very over populated compared to us from western Americas and Canada. The growth and advancements made in China over the past 60 years has set china forward in economic achievement and in front of the worlds production The people are kind and helpful and very hard working. They need to be a little pushy to get any where. There are beautiful historical sites and modern buildings such as the Olympic stadium and the highest peoples courts. Much of the old parts are gone and high rises by the 1000's are being build to house the massive population of 1.4 billion that live in China, there will soon be no more room. It was an honor to have been here
and a blessing to come from a vast mass of land with fresh air and lots of room to grow. We are proud to be Canadian.
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