The Last Weekend Trip - Beijing

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July 12th 2011
Published: August 9th 2011
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Editor’s Note We are now back in Canada and up to our ears in emptying the storage locker here, unpacking the crate we shipped home from China, dealing with the renovations to our home and thinking about what to take to Williams Lake for next year. But that is a story for another day. There are still Chinese trips to address! Beijing weekend The schedule showed us leaving for home at the be... Read Full Entry

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Lots of this kind of architecture is spread across this incredibly large site. You have to have a car or use motorcycle taxis to get around.
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The future?

Stones statues like this one line the approaches. I often wonder what is going through the minds of these young people as they learn about the old dynasties.
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Not the tomb

Buildings like this are just support buildings for the tomb itself. The external part of the tomb is not that impressive, it looks like a big mound of dirt. But underneath is a different story.

This huge chamber is located underground. Lots of pillars and carvings. Much of the neat "stuff" had been removed but it is still impressive.

The casket for the first of the five Emperors buried in this complex. Fourteen empresses and 136 concubines are also buried here along with the Dowager empress Cixi. She is worth reading up on if you have any interest in intrigue and deceit.

These tombs were for some of the concubines. I believe we read that some of the barren concubines were buried at the same time as the deceased emperor. The implication was they weren't necessarily dead at the time.

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