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Weekly Photo Challenge – A Face in the Crowd

Our family vacation to China and Hong Kong was a memorable trip. When I first made plan for the trip, we had ten people on the list. The travel agency was able to book a private tour with a van and our own driver. Our itinerary included Beijing, Xi’an, Guilin and Hong Kong. We flew from Los Angeles, U.S. to Beijing, China to start our tour. The travel agency made arrangement for the connecting flights and had local guide/driver pick us up from each city. Several weeks before the trip, three family members were not able to make it. With only seven of us, we thought the travel agency would put us in a large group. It was fortunate that we still could have our private tour.

During this trip, we saw faces everywhere. In this post I only include a few photos of Beijing and two photos of Hong Kong. At the Beijing airport, we were a small crowd with seven of us and a few people around. I love to take scenery photos, but in popular vacation places, it’s hard to take photos without including a crowd.

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In fact, Will, my son-in-law’s mom Kathy had never seen a big crowd such as the one she saw in Hong Kong, and she gave us a surprised look! The night life is full of energy in this city!

Weekly Photo Challenge – A Face in the Crowd

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Unusual Stones

We took a family vacation to China. When we were in Beijing we visited one huge department store that sells items made with different kinds of stones. One piece of display caught my attention. The sign didn’t specify the kind of stone, but by looking at the price which was 1,800,000 Chinese Yen, I could tell that the stone must be unusual. I think it was a jadeite. The amazing thing was that one hundred horses were carved in this stone. All one hundred of them were galloping in different positions.

We also visited the Imperial Gaden in the Forbidden City which was the Imperial Palace from Ming Dynasty to the end of Qing Dynasty (1420 – 1912). One section of the Garden had the “Exotic” stones on display.

On another vacation, we went to London. While in London, we visited Stonehenge which is a prehistoric monument in Wiltshire, England. Stonehenge consists a ring of standing stones with each stone around 13 feet high, 6 feet 11 inches wide and weighing 250 tons.

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Frank’s Dutch Goes the Photo: Tuesday Photo Challenge – Stones

 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Corner – Historial Sites, China

Our family vacation trip to China includes Beijing, Xi’an, and Guilin. We visited many historical sites. The structures of those sites were well preserved. Every corner we turned was a perfect angle for photo. It was a delightful family trip!

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Summer Palace, Beijing

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Summer Palace, Beijing

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Tiananmen Square, Beijing

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Terra Cotta Warriors, Xi’an

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Li River, Gulin

Weekly Photo Challenge: Corner

WPC – Against the Odds, Family Trip to China

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What are the odds to have seven people from four families in one extended family in US to take a family vacation to China? These four families live between 40 to 1,000 miles apart and in two different states in US. Out of the seven, six people were working for different companies with different vacation schedules. When I first contacted the travel agency in US, the agent said if we had ten people, we could have our private tour – a private van with a private driver. Initially we had nine people. After contacting the tour company in China, the travel agency said they could accommodate nine people for a private tour.  We proceeded with the booking. Shortly after that, one couple was not able to go. Since the tour company from China made the arrangement, they decided to take seven people for a private tour. We went to Beijing. Xian, Guiling, and came back to US via Hong Kong, so that we could stop by to visit my family. It was against all odds that we could make this memorable family vacation. As far as photos, I am showing the photos of the first city – Beijing. In Beijing, We visited the Forbidden City, Summer Palace, Tiananmen Square, and the Great Wall.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Against the Odds

Ancient Wall and Tomb in China

Daily Prompt: Ancient

We had a chance to go on a family vacation a few years ago, the seven of us. We went to China on a private tour with our own tour guide and transportation. Here is the highlight of a few ancient places we had visited.

The first location is the Great Wall in China. We went on the section of Great Wall in Beijing. The Great Wall is 2,300 years old. The official length is 21,196.18 km (13,170.7 mi).

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The second location  is the Terracotta Warriors. This is the armies of Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China. It is a form of funerary,  buried with the emperor in 210–209 BC, with the purpose to protect the emperor in his afterlife.

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The third location is cruising along the Lee River in Guilin which is famous in its spiky mountains.

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We visited many places and had a wonderful family vacation!