Tag Archives: China

The Summer palace

The summer palace is the old Royal retreat here in Beijing, and is a must see when here. It is located about 20 km outside the city centre, but it is defiantly worth the time to get there. It is a wast area with many building located around a lake. The biggest one is a temple on a “artificial” hill that was made there. We where not allowed to visit the temple, but you get a good glimpse from the lake shore. Another possibility is to go  on one of the many boats that give you a little bit closer look.

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-Ray

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The Temple of Heaven

Is one of the must see attractions in Beijing. It is a massive park area, and the most significant and famous landmark is The Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests that is  large circular building. Quite the sight. Thought it suited nicely as a postcard image of the day.

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-Ray

Chinese acrobatics

When in Rome, do as romans do…. goes the old saying. So when in China it is time to enjoy som breathtaking acrobatics Chinese style. We where taken to a magnificent venue that are one of Beijings finest, and here are some shots from a spectacular performance.

The entire performance was a historical inspired thing, and a King  of ancient China was overseeing the performace.

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First of we have a performer on a balance board, that negotiated some plates on his head while performing. Quite impressive.

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The next one I chose is of two trapeze artists that did something that is one of the most impressive and terrifying stunts I have ever seen. Loved it 🙂

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No Chinese show without some contourionists, so here we go…

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And to end this litte taste, I have filmed the last minute of a “cage of death” motorcycle stunt , featuring not less then six motorcycle stunt performers in a confined space I would guessed was made for just one. I can not describe it, have to be seen.

 

An excellent evening.

-Ray

 

The Great Wall

Indeed… It is great. I got the opportunity today to  visit the wall for the first time, even if If I have been to China many times before. I have to say it is very impressive. Two thousand years old, and still (parts of it are) standing strong.  I have to admit, I did not anticipate that it was so high up in the mountains that it actually was, and that I had to take a cable cart to get up to it. But all the logistics was defiantly worth the wait. For a sight, and what a view. Just a little bit bad about the humidity and fog / smog. That made walking a little bit challenging for a “pale bearded Norwegian”  (and as a sidenote on that…. it is obvious that there are not many pale, and  bearded men on these parts, because I got stopped several times of other tourists that of some reason wanted to take their picture with me…..) Still a brilliant,  and no doubt an impressive piece of construction.

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-Ray

 

Welcome to China

I have made it to China, and its capital Beijing. After over 130 hours of train ride starting in Moscow two weeks ago, we have left the train. It is quite wonderful here, even though it is very hot.  We have another two days of exploration here, and the image of today is of the impressive landscape that met us a couple of hours out of Beijing. Shot from the train earlier this morning.

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-Ray