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Solar Eclipse China 2009

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Beijing, Jingshan Park

So, I know it's been a little while ago, but in July I went to China with my sister to witness the Solar Eclipse there... and I have to say it was probably the most beautiful thing I've ever seen in my entire life!!! The weather predictions weren't very good, actually all the people who went to Shanghai and stayed in that region didn't get to see a lot of it because it was all clouded and rainy... But from where we were, we were able to see a great deal of it in between the rain and clouds... and when the Eclipse was total, the clouds were gone for like 40 seconds so we did get to see the Corona for some time!!! It's amazing that in a matter of seconds it get's totally dark... I had goosebumps all over my body and I have to admit that I kind of got a little emotional.

Overlooking the Forbidden City seen from Jingshan Park @ Beijing
.. I can be such a wuzz...

Unfortunately we only went to China for 10 days, but I got to spend 4 days in Beijing and 3 days in Shanghai... got to see the Great Wall, the Olympic Stadion, the Forbidden City, the Summerpalace and the Tian'men Square, among other things. It was an experience I will never forget! And words don't really mean a thing, so I'm just going to show you  the pictures... and maybe that will convince people to go and see a Solar Eclipse at least once in their lives, and to go and visit China.

I wanted to go to Easter Island next year because there is another Solar Eclipse there, but as it seems, there are no flights available for that period... so I guess I will have to wait and see it hopefully in Kenia/Tanzania in 2013. Well, those countries have been high up my list anyways and this is a nice opportunity to combine these two things.

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Beijing, Jingshan Park
Beijing, Jingshan Park
Overlooking the Forbidden City see…
Overlooking the Forbidden City se…
Me @ Tianmen Square
Me @ Tian'men Square
Forbidden City
Forbidden City
My sis and me @ Forbidden city
My sis and me @ Forbidden city
Summer Palace
Summer Palace
Summer Palace
Summer Palace
my sis and me @ Summer Palace
my sis and me @ Summer Palace
Great Wall
Great Wall
again, my sis and me @ the Great W…
again, my sis and me @ the Great …
Olympic Stadion... The Birds Nest
Olympic Stadion... The Bird's Nest
The Watercube @ Olympic Stadion
The Watercube @ Olympic Stadion
Inside the Olympic Stadion
Inside the Olympic Stadion
Temple of Heaven @ Beijing
Temple of Heaven @ Beijing
Taking the nighttrain from Beijing…
Taking the nighttrain from Beijin…
And what to do in 13 hours... righ…
And what to do in 13 hours... rig…
I forgot the name of this place...…
I forgot the name of this place..…
Again, the watervillage
Again, the watervillage
me @ the watervillage
me @ the watervillage
Chinese lunch @ Watervillage
Chinese lunch @ Watervillage
Karaoke!!!!
Karaoke!!!!
Beginning of the Eclipse
Beginning of the Eclipse
Just a little bit of sun left...
Just a little bit of sun left...
It gets smaller and smaller....
It get's smaller and smaller....
YEAH!!! TOTAL ECLIPSE
YEAH!!! TOTAL ECLIPSE
Isnt this beautiful???
Isn't this beautiful???
And the Eclipse is over...
And the Eclipse is over...
The sun is coming back
The sun is coming back
Jin Mao Tower and Shanghai Financi…
Jin Mao Tower and Shanghai Financ…
Oriental Pearl TV Tower @ Shanghai
Oriental Pearl TV Tower @ Shanghai
Overview Shanghaig seen from Cloud…
Overview Shanghaig seen from Clou…
Having a drink @ Cloud 9 Bar
Having a drink @ Cloud 9 Bar
Streetsign
Streetsign
Brigde of 9 turnings @ Yu Gardens …
Brigde of 9 turnings @ Yu Gardens…
my sis and me @ Yu Gardens Shanghai
my sis and me @ Yu Gardens Shanghai
Shanghai Ocean Aquarium
Shanghai Ocean Aquarium
In front of the Shanghai Stadion
In front of the Shanghai Stadion
Drinks at the French Concession
Drinks at the French Concession
When in China....
When in China....
Learning to eat with chopsticks...
Learning to eat with chopsticks...
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