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.
Weekly Photo Challenge: Against the Odds
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).
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.
The third location is cruising along the Lee River in Guilin which is famous in its spiky mountains.
We visited many places and had a wonderful family vacation!