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David with the stern soldier

MAY 5, 2007   Another amazing day in Beijing.  Today we went to the Ming Tombs.   They were wonderful.   There is a long walkway leading up to the tomb area.  It's called the Shendeo or sacred way.    It is lined with  an honor guard of animals, civil and military dignitaries and court officials.   First there is a nice horse then an animated horse, first there is a reclining elephant then there is an alert elephant.   First there is a nice soldier then there is a scowling one with weapons.  Ying and Yang at their best!   It was incredible to see these ancient sentinals.    I took my time and photographed every one.

the nice guardian dog/dragon
    The legend is that the honor guard changes guard at midnight.

 Then right inside a building there was a huge turtle.  (it symbolizes long life).  It had an immense pole that went from it's back to the ceiling.  It actually held up the ceiling.  Really interesting......  then into the  tomb museum.... 

The guide said the museum is the oldest wooden structure in China.   The museum had some great displays. They really thought it through and made it interesting.  I noticed quite a few items (hats, swords, clothes) that were in the Disney Mulan movie.. so it must have been set in the same dynasty..... Among the displays were clothing items.

standing next to the big turtle holding up the building
  They reproduced silk that was on the corpses..... as soon as the coffins were opened and the silk was exposed to the air it began to disintegrate.... (did I mention that I can't spell?) They took pictures and have reproduced the wonderful dragon patterns in the silk.   There was some wonderful jewelry that was utterly amazing in the detail  ... 

At the main area again, there was a "4 star" bathroom....  It was very clean and nice.  We took a picture of the sign.  How funny is that?.... 

Across a meadow was the actual Ming tomb.  In times past, people paid money at one building entrance area:  As they entered as they would leave their soul there if they tried to exit without paying .

silk detail
.. risky... better to pay a little (we did and obviously it worked as we are still here...)   ......   there was a huge fountain and people deposited money there for wishes.   lots and lots of it.  there were guards posted by it.    I took quite a few pictures and the guards were very carefully watching me.... David made me stop taking pictures because he was getting worried about their interest in my photography....  

 We went up to the second level of the last building and took pictures.  There are other tombs that are not excavated but they are waiting for the technology to preserve the items instead of having them get ruined by the air.  Isn't it wonderful that so many things are waiting to be unearthed after thousands of years?   I love that the discovery continues as the technology is developed.

jade horse: there are so many colors of jade from different areas. this was lighter colored
  They were big mounds ... like small mountains.... Oh,...the treasures that await!

We went to a remote area and visited a jade factory.   It was really fun.  I took a lot of pictures but I didn't feel the prices were so wonderful that I would have been tempted to buy.  I asked about several things but ...  wow...  the prices seemed very high.   300 yuan for a bracelet.  I bought one very much like it later for 60 later..   But... they drive you to the factory and you are essentually prisoners until the buses leave... there are no shops or restaurants near by... so that is how they keep their cliental looking at their overpriced merchandise...  but it was still beautiful and interesting.  It does actually get a little annoying to waste time at a factory/show room when you are a forced customer and don't want to buy but ... at this place there were no restrictions on pictures so I enjoyed myself.  :)

Koralifix says:
I totally agree, we've seen so much but there is even more and more to discover ...
Posted on: Feb 18, 2009
the_bloodsucker says:
I miss Beijing already... =(
Posted on: Mar 16, 2008
SoloSister says:
The picture here are exquisite!! This must have been a fairytale trip! Makes me want to go to China as well :)
Posted on: Nov 10, 2007
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David with the stern soldier
David with the stern soldier
the nice guardian dog/dragon
the nice guardian dog/dragon
standing next to the big turtle ho…
standing next to the big turtle h…
silk detail
silk detail
jade horse: there are so many colo…
jade horse: there are so many col…
crystal bracelets....
crystal bracelets....
view of store: it was huge and the…
view of store: it was huge and th…
This is just a huge carved thing t…
This is just a huge carved thing …
this too.... doesnt seem to have …
this too.... doesn't seem to have…
examples of the different colored …
examples of the different colored…
jade terraccotta soldier.... is th…
jade terraccotta soldier.... is t…
stretch bracelets
stretch bracelets
silly goldfish bowl .... count 4 d…
silly goldfish bowl .... count 4 …
birds on flowers
birds on flowers
large decorative thing
large decorative thing
muliticolored fish
muliticolored fish
lotus
lotus
light colored stretch bracelets
light colored stretch bracelets
peacock
peacock
fish
fish
beautiful tree with fruit
beautiful tree with fruit
ming tombs guide
ming tombs guide
David on path
David on path
walking waaayy up to the ming tomb…
walking waaayy up to the ming tom…
ying & yang; an alert camel
ying & yang; an alert camel
Ming Tomb Guardian elephant laying…
Ming Tomb Guardian elephant layin…
elephant; there was one laying dow…
elephant; there was one laying do…
ready & alert lion/dragon/dog
ready & alert lion/dragon/dog
one of the guardian animals
one of the guardian animals
Ming tomb guardian horse
Ming tomb guardian horse
Ming tomb guardian horse standing
Ming tomb guardian horse standing
ming tomb guardian lion
ming tomb guardian lion
Ming Tomb guardian
Ming Tomb guardian
Ming Tomb Guardian animal
Ming Tomb Guardian animal
Ming Tomb Guardian animal
Ming Tomb Guardian animal
Ming Tomb guardian...up close and …
Ming Tomb guardian...up close and…
compassionate advisor
compassionate advisor
Ming tomb guardian warrior & David
Ming tomb guardian warrior & David
Ming tomb guardian warrior
Ming tomb guardian warrior
Ming Tomb guardian warrior
Ming Tomb guardian warrior
Ming tomb guardian warrior
Ming tomb guardian warrior
David and Sylvia with Ming Tomb gu…
David and Sylvia with Ming Tomb g…
Ming Tomb guardian
Ming Tomb guardian
sylvia with ming guardian
sylvia with ming guardian
ying and yang; here is the kind, w…
ying and yang; here is the kind, …
sign for dragon & phoenix gate: ga…
sign for dragon & phoenix gate: g…
the dragon & phoenix gate...
the dragon & phoenix gate...
face of the giant turtle: it symbo…
face of the giant turtle: it symb…
carving detail: it was between the…
carving detail: it was between th…
ming tumbs: carved stone up the ce…
ming tumbs: carved stone up the c…
carved stone between the stairs: a…
carved stone between the stairs: …
fake money was put into this and b…
fake money was put into this and …
money for wishes in the small foun…
money for wishes in the small fou…
ming tombs:  we climbed to the sec…
ming tombs: we climbed to the se…
lookng back at the first building:…
lookng back at the first building…
next to the building
next to the building
water spouts.... too cool
water spouts.... too cool
statue of ming
statue of ming
This is, of course, the ceiling...…
This is, of course, the ceiling..…
inside of the museum building ther…
inside of the museum building the…
these silk items were in tatters a…
these silk items were in tatters …
another wonder ming tomb jacket
another wonder ming tomb jacket
gold tasseled hat:  they had this …
gold tasseled hat: they had this…
4 star bathroom:  It was clean and…
4 star bathroom: It was clean an…
i had to have my piture taken sitt…
i had to have my piture taken sit…
top of the tombs; no climbing and …
top of the tombs; no climbing and…
phoenix and dragon gate
phoenix and dragon gate
beams in the ming tombs
beams in the ming tombs
Ming Tomb Guardian
Ming Tomb Guardian
Ming Tomb museum vase with dragon
Ming Tomb museum vase with dragon
Ming Tomb museum
Ming Tomb museum
Ming Tomb jade belt.... jade symbo…
Ming Tomb jade belt.... jade symb…
Ming Tomb museum
Ming Tomb museum
Ming Tomb hair pins:
Ming Tomb hair pins:
Ming Tomb pearl gold hat
Ming Tomb pearl gold hat
Ruby, pearls, gold, ... AMAZING
Ruby, pearls, gold, ... AMAZING
There are two birds on the front o…
There are two birds on the front …
HAT of gold, rubies, pearls, jade,…
HAT of gold, rubies, pearls, jade…
David at the top of the stairs wai…
David at the top of the stairs wa…
House with corner guardians
House with corner guardians
statue of ming....
statue of ming....
Ming Tomb ceilings
Ming Tomb ceilings
gold dishes
gold dishes
gold dishes and vessels
gold dishes and vessels
large tea pot
large tea pot
A luncheon place .....  nothing ar…
A luncheon place ..... nothing a…
A large group of animals and vases
A large group of animals and vases
Ming Tomb Guardian
Ming Tomb Guardian
a rather silly and expensive way t…
a rather silly and expensive way …
But they did bargain as their pric…
But they did bargain as their pri…
Money at Ming tombs
Money at Ming tombs
dollss at the jade shop
dollss at the jade shop
More dolls and the sign that was v…
More dolls and the sign that was …
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