Tuesday, 20 September - to Xi'an
We're a tired bunch tonight! We left the hotel [in Beijing] quite early after gathering together all our stuff and worrying about weight allowances and so on [as we were to tour Beijing in the morning and fly to Xi'an in the afternoon - 2 hr flight ].
First stop was the
which is really a huge park with a fascinating history of intrigue and trechery.
[ClickPic: Vyvian giving briefing about the Summer Palace
One feature is the Marble Boat which the Empress, Cixi, built with the money that should have paid for the Chinese navy.
Hence their poor war record for many years.
We took a boat across the lake and walked back along a 3/4 km. covered
boardwalk with amazing paintings all over the pillars and ceilings.
From there we headed toward the airport, stopping for another great meal [ and saying goodbye to Vyvian, our Beijing guide ]. We're all becoming so adept with chopsticks that the weight loss thing isn't likely to happen. The flight to Xi'an involved the usual airport hassles and luggage dragging but was uneventful.
[ClickPic: Janice and our boat for crossing
[ClickPic: covered walk and paintings
[ClickPic:covered walk and paintings
[ClickPic: wall of flowers on entrance