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Log of the China trip (Blog) by Janice Hatt

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 Summer Palace,  

 

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  

 

 

All Pictures Day4:Beijing to Xi'an

[ClickPic: closer look at Hotel

[ClickPic: Janice and Lizzie at the Summer Palace 

[ClickPic: Vyvian giving briefing about the Summer Palace   

[ClickPic:Summer Palace from walkway  

 

[ClickPic: Janice and our boat for crossing 

ClickPic: Marble Boat 

 

 All Pictures Day4:Beijing to Xi'an