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The Wonders of China

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Most of us will have seen the iconic photos of Chinese wonders and so, I have decided to put up some different types of travel photos. The panda is loved by the Chinese and in Chengdu I was able to witness them munching their way through the bamboo that is the mainstay of their diet. Cute until you see the size of their teeth!

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Above is a picture of one of the many temples I visited, each different and beautiful in its own way.

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They took my breath away. The Terracotta Warriors are a must on any trip to China and I couldn’t resist showing you why.

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The hotel rooms were well equipped with everything a visitor needed.

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The sight from Xian City Walls includes the local barbers at work.

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Not a portrait of Chairman Mao but Tiananmen Square nonetheless.

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What they don’t tell you about walking the Great Wall is that the steps are uneven in depth and it is steep!

 

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Read about the Forbidden City in Pearl S Buck’s great novel, ‘Imperial Woman’. It is a good read and brings the experiences of the inhabitants of this amazing complex to life.

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Boats on the lake at the Summer Palace.

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If you go to the Summer Palace, time your trip on the dragon boat to cross the lake at sunset. Our guide, Lillian, kept us together like ‘sticky rice’ and surprised us with this experience at the end of an amazing day. Watching the sun set behind the mountains with the lake and bridge in the foreground was magical.

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The Chinese are fit and supple as seen at the Temple of Heaven park in Beijing.

 

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The Tai Chi master tried to teach us westerners how to move with grace and strength.

 

I hope that you enjoy this short summary of a country too big to capture in words and pictures.

 

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Llama, Tigers and Peacocks

Rhodes Island is a land of contrasts. The main town is an ancient walled town containing beautiful buildings, cobbled roads and lots of tiny alleyways which lead to unexpected delights. Nearby are congested beaches full of tat and holidaymakers misbehaving themselves. Down south is Lindos, with its ancient ruins and winding alleyways between white buildings clinging to a hillside and looking as though they will commence a slide down if pushed a little too hard. Some of the touristy villages and towns rival some of the worst and others are a delight. In the mountains we found a hotel built by Italians in chalet style and local tavernas with some of the best country food that I have ever tasted. There have been the Shirley Valentine moments in restaurants full of Brits with great people watching opportunities. However, by far the most bizarre thing that we came across was on an early morning walk behind the row of random hotels which line the beach-front of Falaraki.

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P1000537There was no warning as we climbed the hill to look at a small chapel which perched on a viewpoint overlooking the bay. After admiring the frescos we meandered further along the path and then a cartoon picture of a tiger appeared pointing to the right. Down the steps and Mr. Tiger awaited us with two friends. Glad to be on the outside of his cage were numerous goats, llama, peacocks and, of course, lots of horseflies. At first I was distressed by the sight of these magnificent creatures imprisoned in such circumstances however they apparently are housed here under the direction of the government as part of a breeding programme. My husband did say that he thought the goats may be dinner for the big cats but I prefer to think of them as providers of cheese and milk.

Travelling off of the main tourist route did lead us to unexpected sights on this occasion.

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