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!
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The WilsonsInChina blog charts the course of our three year adventure in China between 2008 and 2011. Dianne was a school administrator in Canada and heard about this opportunity just after retiring. Peter was an IT professional whose last contract ended just as Dianne decided that China sounded like an exciting adventure. He taught ESL one year but spent the rest of the time supporting Dianne as she shared her great knowledge and experience with the Chinese and Western teachers at the Maple Leaf International School in Dalian. China. While we are back in Canada now, our adventures are ToBeCon... full info
More entrance waysLots 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.
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.
Not the tombBuildings 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.
UndergroundThis huge chamber is located underground. Lots of pillars and carvings. Much of the neat "stuff" had been removed but it is still impressive.
CasketThe 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.
ConcubinesThese 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.