Monday, July 21, 2008

Shanghai, Beijing, Xi'an

Well, Pete and I were able to make his project extension into a vacation after all! I left on July 9th and we returned yesterday night at 2 AM, after a 36 hour day. China is 12 hours ahead of the Eastern time zone, and we are both experiencing jet lag. It was a wonderful vacation and we were able to make it to Shanghai, Beijing and Xi'an--people are super friendly, and never once did we feel unsafe. That being said, it is really nice to be home! Here are some photos (in random order as blogger was not loading images properly) of highlights of our vacation:
The army of 7,000 Terra Cotta Warriors in Xi'an. These served to protect the first emporer of China in his afterlife.

Pete eating a meal with Chopsticks - menus at non-American Fast Food restaurants are all in characters (the Chinese are accomodating to tourists and have a special picture/English menu that can be brought out for people like us)!
The Winter Palace in Xi'an located at the base of Black Horse Mountain.
The Forbidden City in Beijing... A guilded prison for the royal family.

Due to our hair color, we became a tourist attraction for the Chinese! We were stopped often by students wishing to practice their English, had many stare at us, and a few requests to have our picture taken (although we suspect a number of cell phone shots were taken without being approached...)!

The Olympic stadium...
The top of the Great Wall of China - one of many sections! It was rainy and we are both soaking wet! The top photo of the Great Wall shows what you can expect to see if you watch the Olympics. When we were there, seats were being built for the biking? competition being held in the mountainous area around this section of the wall. Notice: The wall is very steep. In some areas, 4 stairs would be the same height as me (Heidi).
An amazing acrobatic preformance in Shanghai-- This was one of the many acts, during this one the acrobats were being flipped on people's feet!


Anonymous said...

Welcome back home. I am glad you got to go visit Pete. Neat pictures.

AmyL said...

Welcome home, glad that you were able to make it a good time - Pete was sounding a bit tired of being gone. But he looks like a pro with the chop sticks! Such a cultured traveler - something I never thought that I'd say about Pete.
Looking forward to the busy FUN weekend that is fast approaching.

Amanda Kay said...

Glad you were able to make it there! What an experience! Thanks for posting so us uncultured folk could see what else is in this world!

Yvonne ~ A Fighting Optimist said...

What an experience! Glad you two are safely back in the good 'ole U S of A.

Cami said...

How fun that you were able to have a vacation together after those long weeks alone! : )

Neat pictures, it's so awesome to see places I'm sure I'll never get to travel to. Very cool experience!

Anonymous said...

Looks like fun! What an awesome vacation!