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 Dr. Z's Acupuncture Clinic, Inc.

China Trip

In October 2018 LeAnn and I  finally had the opportunity to visit China.  We toured the cities of Beijing, Xian, Chendu, and Shanghai.  We met many friendly people wherever we went.  We saw several ancient structures including The Great Wall, The Forbidden City, The Summer Palace,  The Wild Goose Pogoda,  The Terracota Warriors, and the Buddha of Leshu carved out of the mountain.  We enjoyed experiencing the history, culture, and traditions of the people of China.

 

 

 

 

The Great Wall near Beijing.  The Great Wall is over 4000 miles in length.

Buddha carving made from Green Jade.  Jade is China's national stone.  Jade can vary from almost clear to opague.  Jade also comes in a variety of colors including green, white, and red.

One of the many buildings comprising the Summer Palace.

Boat made from white marble.  No it does not float.  It is just for decoration and to entertain for celebrations.  It was built on orders of the Empress called the "Dragon Lady".

Entrance to the Forbidden City at Tiananmen Square.  One has to pass through three gates to enter the Forbidden City.  This is where the Emperor used to reside along with the empress, his officals, and servants.  Only visitors invited by the Emperor were allowed to enter the Forbidden City.  A portrait of Chairman Mao Zedong is preserved over the outer entrance, The Gate of Heavenly Peace.  Tiananmen Square is the world's largest public plaza.  It is surrounded by history and war museums.

The Temple of Heaven.  The temple is a round structure because Heaven is represented as a circle in Chinese writing.  This imperial complex consists of several religious buildings and is situated near southeastern Beijing.  The Emperor presided over annual ceremonies praying for good harvests.  

Today local people spend the day here playing cards, mahjong, or just visiting with friends.

At the local parks people gather early in the morning to sing, dance, practice taichi, play instruments, play mahjong, drink tea, or practice caligraphy.  Some parks have small lakes and people can rent boats.  There is even a section of the park where singles can go to meet other singles or parents can post notes to find a date for their son or daughter.

Our tour group was invited to sing and dance along with the local group. 

Xian is home to the terracotta warrior museum where they also make lacquer furniture.  The city of Xian is the ancient capital of China.  This is where the Silk Road begins.  China is famous for exporting silk, tea, and lacquer furniture.

Terracotta warriors reside in Xian and date back to the 3rd century BC.  They were first discovered in 1974 when a farmer was attempting to dig a well.  Using ultrasound over 10,000 warriors have been found to be buried in four different pits.  Every warrior is unique in size, shape, and facial characteristics.  No one is sure why they were built.  

Below is Pit 1 which holds 8,000 warriors.

The Wild Goose Pogoda (the tall structure in the background) is an ancient Buddhist library.  It was build in 652 AD during the Tang dynasty.  It was used to hold sutras and figurines of the Buddha.  Sutras are manuals, texts, or teachings and are usually distilled into a few words or syllables.

Chinese people eat family style at restaurants.  The dishes are served on a lazy susan so everyone can share various dishes of vegatables and meats.  Chinese people eat everything.  We skipped the scorpions and duck intestines...

The Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding houses many adult and infant pandas.  Pandas are very social and love to wrestle.  An adult panda can weigh up to 350 pounds and can eat up to 30 pounds of bamboo shoots a day.

Chengdu is also known as the spice capital of China.

Here is the Bund lit up at night.  This area represents the financial district of Shanghai.  The Bund was originally the British section of the city.  Shanghai is also divided into the French Quarter and old China town.  European architecture strongly influences the Bund and the French Quarter.

The Jade Buddha Temple founded in 1882 houses a jade buddha statue imported from Burma.  The statue of the sitting buddha is made from a single piece of jade measuring over 6 feet tall and weighing 3 tons.

 

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