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Modern China July,2004 NCTA Study Tour
Aerial view of the Forbidden City
The Imperial Summer Palace
Beijing license plate
Chinese graffiti on the Great Wall
Note the air quality issues !
A night shopping area in Beijing
Wanfujing – a pedestrian area
A very busy night spot.
Mao Zedong’s portrait
Hutong Tour in Beijing
The Chinese government is busy removing Hutong’s before the Summer 2008 Olympics come to Beijing. They are going to be a way of life from the past. They are crowded but offered a unique type of urban life.
Small streets and houses
A memorial to Red Guards in the Hutong neighborhood
Narrow streets & rainy weather
Hutong area from above
Beijing Drum Tower
Climbing up to the tower area.
Drums told the time for half the day.
Small houses without sanitation.
A pedicab we took on a tour of the Hutongs.
Prince Gong’s Mansion
Prince Gong was a bureaucrat who built several lovely homes for himself. Eventually he was charged, tried and executed for dishonesty.
Lovely painting under the roof
His fish pond and pavilion
The tea room area.
A restaurant with Qing greeters
A throne fit for an emperor
How a lady would have traveled.
A lovely picnic spot.
Beauty all around you.
Dumplings shaped like many things. What you select tells something about you.
Our sleeper car to X’ian
Our Qing hostess
Terrace Farming from the train to X’ian
Chang’an, the start of the Silk Roads
A walled city with an existing moat. Notice the air quality!
A coal fired electric plant
More than 1 million people live in caves because they are energy efficient.
Old & new. Everywhere you look there are construction cranes !
This is a memorial for the dead.
A large display of some Chinese gods
Chengdu, western China
Even in western China !
A busy street in Chengdu
A rural home outside Chengdu
Farmers going home across a board walkway
A pre-school in Chengdu
Nanjing license plate
YANGTZE River Bridge capitalism meets communism
A shipyard on the Yangtze
Lots of river traffic
Few cars but this is changing fast !
Small & narrow streets
Nanjing street scene
The Grand Canal from the train.
The Chinese government is working hard to make Shanghai the financial center of all of Asia. They have spent a lot of money and time meticulously planning every aspect of its development at their Urban Planning Center. All housing, arterial roads, business areas, sports centers are placed carefully on a huge map.It was incredible to see their plan being built and well into construction.
Shanghai Urban Planning Centre
Origin of the Chinese Communist Party
You can find Starbucks everywhere.
Jin Mao Tower
We spent about 1 ½ hours talking to an architect involved in building Jin Mao Tower. The design comes from a Chinese pagoda. Feng Shui was incorporated into the design and landscaping. It is one of the 10 tallest buildings on Earth.
Inside Jin Mao Tower
The ladies room mirrors
View from the observation deck of Jin Mao Tower.
Shanghai license plate
Notice the air quality !
A typical small store
Ads are universal
Pepsi in the south
The old and the new
The river in smog
Actual blue sky !!!
Hong Kong by sunset light
I traveled across China for 3 weeks, visiting 9 cities. There were very few bright and sunny days. The air quality across China was generally poor except right after a heavy rain when the air was washed clean of all the smog. I was grateful for the rain so I could breathe more easily.