It has been a very busy few days with little to no internet. If there had been internet, then I couldn’t get anywhere. Very frustrating! None the less, here we are in Malaysia after being in Beijing for a few days, having just arrived this evening, so let me catch you up with all our happenings for the past week.
We arrived in Chongqing, China where we disembarked from the ship very early in the morning and headed for their zoo to see the pandas. I must say, the zoo was very beautiful and clean all of the animals looked to be in excellent condition. The pandas were amazing to see in real life, and were busy chomping away on a stack of bamboo. Each panda had his or her very own large roaming area that was more than sufficient. They relaxed on large wooden benches while enjoying their breakfast. After a couple of hours, we headed for the airport and Xian.
Landing in Xi’an, we were driven to our hotel for a 30 minute rest before we all met for an operatic, song, and dance performance of the Tang Dynasty. The dinner and show was really quite fascinating with gorgeous costumes, beautiful music, and a very good Chinese dinner. When I say operatic, I do not say it in the meaning of an opera one would typically be used to. This was instrumental music with a story being told through the art of dance. And the costumes…as a quilter I really wanted to touch, feel and examine each costume; it was so exquisite! The next day in Xi’an, we headed very early to see the terracotta warriors. Having visited 6 years previously, I left all the photo ops for Rick. He was greatly impressed, just as I was the first time. It truly is a sight to see; so much history! We spent roughly 2 hours touring the museum built around the tombs. We then left for the airport to meet our flight to Beijing.
Arriving in Beijing on Wednesday night we dined early in a local restaurant… nothing fancy, and then on to the hotel. The rest of the evening was our own and I enjoyed walking around and looking in shops with some fellow tour companions, who just happen to be Canadians from Thunder Bay.
The next day we drove for over an hour to the Great Wall of China. This is another of the world’s wonders. As a group, we had a picture taken while on a section of the wall and then time was our own to explore it. It’s impossible to capture in a sentence or two the magnitude of the wall… the thousands of people and length of years it took to build, let alone the lives lost in the building of it. Amazing history which always, always leaves a lifelong impression in the hearts of man.
Now that we are in Malaysia, I am sure these two days will fly by and it will be onto the next journey. For tomorrow though, it will be all pictures… just to do a little catching up!