Mao proclaimed the founding of the People’s Republic of China on Oct. 1, 1949 from this Ming dynasty gate where his large portrait still remains. This same gate leads to the Forbidden City.
The ship goes through these huge locks on the Three Gorges Dam during the cruise along the Yangtze River. I stayed up at midnight to watch and shoot the whole four-hour process of bringing us down 113 meters through a … Continued
This is the brand-new Opera House in Guangzhou designed by Iraqi-born British Architect Zaha Hadid made of exposed granite cladding with a steel-and-glass facade. The audacious lobby design that leads to the theater gives the structure a state-of-the-art futuristic look … Continued
The cruise ship on the Yangtze River stopped in Fengdu and we went on a shore excursion to the Ghost City, so named after the legendary ghosts in Ming mountain which overlooks the city. There were structures and sculptures of … Continued
We boarded the Victoria Jenna in Chongqing for the 4-day, 600km. cruise down the Yangtze River to Yichang. It was late in the afternoon when our taxi from the airport dropped us off the pier and we had to make … Continued
Snaking 8,000+ kms. through the mountains of northern China, the Great Wall is such an amazing sight that nothing quite prepares you when seeing it for the first time. No matter how many pictures and images you’ve seen of it, still, … Continued
Right in the center of Beijing is the Forbidden City, a sprawling complex of 980 buildings sitting on an 80-hectare piece of real estate. For 500 years, this was the home of China’s emperors as well as the country’s political center from the 14th to the 19th century.
This is the entrance gate where we bought tickets for half a day’s tour which barely skimmed the surface such that we never even made it to the very end of the complex.
We sailed down the Danning River, a tributary of the mighty Yangtze, as a side trip on our cruise from Chongqing to Yichang. The big boat filled with noisy tourists greatly contrasted with the stillness of the gorge and its … Continued
The fact that China has billions of people was brought home to me once again when I went to the Beijing Railway Station to buy train tickets to Shanghai. I thought there was a rally or party at the wide … Continued