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Tiananmen Squarre
Traveling with a group of Tae Kwon Do students and Masters was fun way to see these cities. The tour started with Tiananmen Square, which is the front door to the Forbidden city. Also there is Tiananmen Tower, Monument to the Peoples Heroes, Great hall of the People & Chairman Mao's Memorial Hall. Except for royalty & aristocrats, entrance to the Forbidden City was not allowed until 1911.

The Forbidden City or Imperial Palace is the largest ancient architectural complex in China. Construction began in 1407 and completed in 1420. 24 Emperors reigned there during the Ming & Qing Dynasties. The architecture & artwork is fascinating. All the roof tops are yellow (the color of royalty) & the walls are red (happiness).

Then in 1420, The Temple of Heaven was built for the emperors to worship heaven.
A site of ancient sacrificial ceremonies, & a place to pray for a good harvest. The blue color of the building signifies the sky.

The list of destinations goes on. The Summer Palace and lake (built by hand) for the Emperor; Ming's Tomb; Shaolin School of Kung Fu; Keimyung University, where students are trained in the martial art of Tae Kwon Do; Golgusa Temple, the center for Sunmudo, the Zen Martial Art; Korean Folk Village; Kyunghee Gung Palace;

A visit to Beijing isn't complete without a stop at the mind boggling Great Wall of China. Taking 2000 years to build it stretches approximately 5,500 miles (unbelievable) from east to west. It's a magnificent structure that words and pictures don't do justice. Unfortunately only about 30% remains today due to forces of nature and the hand of mankind.

Also jam packed into this week were visits to the Chinese Circus, huge jewelry stores/factories around the cities selling pearls, jade, porcelain vases, amethysts. A rickshaw ride through old sections of Beijing, shopping and a local meal in someone's home, a stop for a 1/2 hour foot massage, a workout with the Tae Kwon Do students (also watched their demo), 4:30am prayer & meditation with monks, Kung Fu show/play.

This was a phenomenal cultural experience for all of us but please don't show me another bowl of rice or seaweed soup for a long time.


bodtkd says:
Yes, I've been learning for almost 2 years.
Posted on: Jul 16, 2009
Vanessa_Mun_Yee says:
Are you involve in Tae Kwan Do?
Posted on: Jul 12, 2009
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Tiananmen Squarre
Tiananmen Squarre
airport
airport
Tiananmen Square
Tiananmen Square
entrance to Forbidden City
entrance to Forbidden City
Forbidden City
Forbidden City
Emperors throne
Emperor's throne
Forbidden City
Forbidden City
Forbidden City
Forbidden City
Forbidden City, family courtyard
Forbidden City, family courtyard
family courtyard
family courtyard
tea house
tea house
tea house
tea house
Bhuddas belly, tea house
Bhudda's belly, tea house
Temple of Heaven
Temple of Heaven
Temple of Heaven stone carving of …
Temple of Heaven stone carving of…
Temple of Heaven
Temple of Heaven
Summer Palace of Emperor
Summer Palace of Emperor
Summer Palace
Summer Palace
100% marble boat
100% marble boat
boat ride Summer Palace
boat ride Summer Palace
Summer Palace
Summer Palace
lake on Summer Palace (man made)
lake on Summer Palace (man made)
driving a rickshaw
driving a rickshaw
home cooked meal
home cooked meal
local store owner
local store owner
pottery factory
pottery factory
Mings Tomb, trees growing out of …
Ming's Tomb, trees growing out of…
Mings Tomb (throne)
Ming's Tomb (throne)
Mings Tomb
Ming's Tomb
Mings Tomb
Ming's Tomb
Mings Tomb
Ming's Tomb
Mings Tomb
Ming's Tomb
cable car to Great Wall of China
cable car to Great Wall of China
Wall
Wall
view from tower
view from tower
tower
tower
tower
tower
outside the wall
outside the wall
outside the wall
outside the wall
steep!
steep!
lobby of Kung Fu show/play
lobby of Kung Fu show/play
actors Kung Fu experts
actors Kung Fu experts
2,198 km (1,366 miles) traveled
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