This trip was with Overseas Adventure Travel. We have traveled with them a number of times in the past. Groups are limited to 15 people on most adventures. A good size group that allowed each of us to enjoy each other's differing personalities. (Not sure where we fit in!)
My sister, Marcia and her husband Andy took this 22 day trip a year and a half ago. They enjoyed themselves immensely. Andy was born in China and lived in various parts of China as his parents, as Christian missionaries flew the Communists. After fleeing China they remained in Taiwan for many years and finished their ministry. We really wanted to see where Andy and his family lived.
Andy had made a notebook with pictures, reviewing his parents meeting as individual missionaries. We loved the pictures of his family as they moved from place to place. This was our impetus to visit China.
Hope you have lots of time. Lots of pictures to follow.
Potala Palace in Tibet. Home of the Dalai Lama. He hasn't lived there since 1959, since the Communists took over Tibet.
The lock on the Three Gorges Dam is larger than anything we have seen and we have "done" a lot of locks. Can't see much as it is "foggy". Perhaps they should reclassify fog as smog.
Terracotta warriors discovered in 1974 by a farmer digging a well. We met the farmer at the Museum. The warriors are a form of funerary art buried in 210BC. It is estimated there are 8000 soldiers, generals, chariots and horses. We have never seen anything like it. So massive.
The Chinese have spent an incredible amount of money and time restoring the warriors. Though Chinese history is readily available, there is no information on these pits. It is readily believed that the skilled artists and workmen (probably thousands) were killed to eliminate the information escaping that might cause the tomb to be raided. The tomb was raided within 100 years.
In the village walking, we came upon a funeral. The family invited us into their home to share the food they were preparing. The gentleman who died was elderly and the funeral was considered a celebration of a good and happy life.
So many pictures....where do we begin. Thank you Marcia and Andy!