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Log of the China trip (Blog) by Janice Hatt

Monday, 19 September - Great Wall & Mings Tomb

We headed out early for another big day. First stop a cloisonné factory where we watched the process for creating these works of art with copper, wire and enamel paints, and of course did some shopping.

 

By combining our purchases with the McNaughts we earned a free gift.

 

 

 

Then on to the Great Wall, which of course swarms with tourists and persistent vendors. [ the Mongolian's have finally breached the Great Wall and set up shop selling every variety of Wall memorabilia ]. We chose to go the steeper but less-crowed route. I stopped at the first watchtower with several others while the rest of our group went on to the second watchtower.

Amazing how the wall meanders all over the hills in that area. As we drove back we kept spotting parts of it.

[ClickPic: Jan on Great Wall

[ClickPic: Dave and M-E on the G.W.

 

 

 

 

After lunch we visited the Ming Tombs.

[ClickPic: J, M-E on the Ming Tomb trek

[ClickPic: J at the Ming Tomb trek

[ClickPic: Emperess' Crown at the Ming Tomb

In the evening we enjoyed a Peking Duck dinner. They carved the ducks in front of us and put tiny slices on a plate. We then took a thin crepe-like item and wrapped duck, onion, cucumber and sauce in it ( like a soft taco ) - very good and fingers are easier that chopsticks!

I'm still laughing over the demo of "how to eat a Peking Duck" - our guide was instructing Sal, starting with "pick up the pancake"; not understanding her accent, Sal looked around saying " Panky - where do I find a pankey?" Michelle repeated the instruction, and Sal exclaimed " But what's a pankey?" There was a great deal of hilarity over dinner once again. What must their servers think of weird Canadian tourists?

Tonight is packing night, since we head to Xian tomorrow. Let's hope our luggage is not overweight!

[ClickPic: goodbye Beijing International Hotel  

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[ClickPic: full size horse in technique

[ClickPic: Arrival at Great Wall



[ClickPic: Great Wall view

 

[ClickPic: the 4 of us on the GW

 

[ClickPic: at the Ming Tomb

[ClickPic: Ming Tomb portal

 

[ClickPic: Gold crown at the Ming Tomb

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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