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China Trip 2004 BEIJING XIAN Beijing and Xian, July 21 st – 30 th 2004
China Trip 2004 Bordered by 12 countries The 3 rd largest country on the planet 55 recognised ethnic groups Hosting the 2008 Olympic Games Did you know? Population of 1. 2 billion – the largest in the world Home of the Giant Panda and feng shui Communist State since 1949
China Trip 2004 Means “Northern Capital” Population: 12 million and rising Tiananmen Square The Ming Tombs The Temple of Heaven The Forbidden City Beijing The Summer Palace The Great Wall of China
China Trip 2004 Tiananmen Square • • Ming Tombs • • • Largest Square in the World Can hold up to 1 million people Mao announced Communist Revolution from here in 1949 1989 massacre of pro-democracy students here Built from 1409 by the Ming Emperor Yongle Contains the tombs of 13 Ming Dynasty Emperors Also contains tombs of 23 Empresses, 8 concubines and 1 Prince.
China Trip 2004 • • • The Forbidden City Built by more than 200, 000 men in 1420 for the Emperor Yongle Contains 800 buildings and thousands of chambers For 500 years normal Chinese Citizens forbidden from approaching its walls The Temple of Heaven Emperors came here to pray for a good harvest in spring and rain in summer Centrepiece is the 38 m high Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests
China Trip 2004 The Summer Palace • • • The Great Wall of China • • • The most magnificent of all China’s Royal Gardens Used by the Emperors as a retreat from the capital’s heat for 800 years The 700 m long corridor gives a superb view of the Kunming Lake One of China’s most magnificent sights Built 2500 years ago Total length of 6500 km
China Trip 2004 Capital of the Shaanxi Province Wild Goose Pagoda and Huaqing Hot Springs XIAN One of the more pleasant and prosperous Chinese Cities Between 1000 BC and 1000 AD Terraccotta Army the city was the Imperial Capital for 11 Chinese Dynasties Banpo Village
China Trip 2004 Terraccotta Army • • • Discovered in 1974 by peasants sinking a well near Xian Dating back 2200 years Built to guard the 1 st Qin Emperor, Qin Shi Huang’s Tomb More than 8000 soldiers and horses excavated so far Each has an individual facial expression
China Trip 2004 • • • Wild Goose Pagoda and Huaqing Hot Springs Gained its name from legend that nearby temple was built to honour a sacred goose Built in 652 AD, 7 storeys high with 284 steps Hot Springs: favoured resort of the Emperors Banpo Village Excavation site of a Neolithic Village Occupied between 4500 BC and 3750 BC Remains of villagers’ huts and graves can be seen
China Trip 2004 Chinese Acrobat Show Gymnastics, juggling, magic and animal tricks Tang Dynasty Show Originated in the Tang Dynasty over 1000 years ago. Traditional music and dance Evening Leisure Activities Peking Opera Singing, dialogue, mime, dancing and acrobatic fighting. Traditional Chinese costumes and stories Peking Duck Banquet Pizza Hut
China Trip 2004 Hotels Catic Plaza Hotel, Beijing Wan Nian Hotel, Xian Plush eh !!!!!!
China Trip 2004 Suncream and sunglasses Yourselves (on time!) Hat or cap (Blue) Plug adaptor Toilet roll Insect repellent Camera and spare film/batteries What To Bring Plenty of shorts and T - shirts Chinese Yuan/dollars travellers’ cheques Umbrella/waterproof Comfortable shoes English money Suitcase and 1 piece of hand luggage Smart clothes for the evenings Common sense ! Mobile phone