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The Summer in China
With Elana already over in China teaching English, I decided to go join her to do some site-seeing before heading to Hong Kong and Tokyo for business.  I just wish we hadn't gone in the scorching summer over there!
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The Terra Cotta Soldiers
An entire army (thousands) of terra cotta soldiers was discovered on a farm near Xian a few years back.  They were buried with royalty.

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Terra Cotta Soldier
This is the only example of a soldier that was found completely intact.  All others (so far excavated) were broken, mainly due to peasants taking the weapons for an uprising centuries ago.

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In the Forbidden City
Boy was it raining!  And, since the Olympics were coming in 2 years, they were already renovating many of the tourist sites.  So, unfortunately, many of the buildings in the Forbidden City were covered with scaffolding.

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The Hall of Perserved Harmony
From the outside.

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The Hall of Preserved Harmony
One of the many temples in the Forbidden City.

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Hall of Personal Harmony
The throne

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Starbucks in the Forbidden City
Wow.  The ONLY commercial establishment inside the walls of the Forbidden City.

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The Summer Palace
This is where royalty went to spend their summers, just a short drive north of the Forbidden City.

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The Summer Palace
The lake in the Summer Palace

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The Marble Boat
Some crazy empress took all the money for the navy and built this marble boat.  No, it doesn't float.

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The Great Wall of China
When in Beijing, you're somewhat close to the Great Wall.  We got up to the Badaling section for a hike (in 100 degree heat)

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Going up?
This section of the wall is circular, and is about 5 miles long.

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The Great Wall
It must've been 95 degrees, and yet there were a ton of people climbing...

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Getting near the top

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The Great Wall View
Still going up, and losing most of the crowd in the process.

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Looking back down the wall

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Ming Tombs
Almost all of the emperors from the Ming Dynasty were buried here, in a mountainous region outside of Beijing.  This is one of the entrances.

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Ming Tombs
This is inside one of the tombs.

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The Hutong Neighborhood
We took a ride on a bicycle cart through an old area of Beijing called the Hutong.

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Shopping in the Hutong
Just walking the streets.

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After a couple of days in Beijing, we flew to Wuhan to catch our cruise up the Yangtze River.  Here's our tour guide in Wuhan.

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Wuhan Museum for the Marquis Yi
This tomb was found almost completely  intact underground, but some relics had water damage.

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Marquis Yi
His tomb

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The bells of Marquis Yi
This show was played on a replica of the bells found in the tomb.  These were probably the first musical instruments ever made.

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