Monday, July 7, 2008

The Great Wall and The Forbidden City

On our second day in Beijing we went to the Great Wall which is about a two hour car ride outside of Beijing. That was probably my favorite site because I had seen so many pictures of it and I finally saw it with my own eyes. It looked exactly like all the pictures I had seen. :) We took a cable car to the top of the mountain and the Great Wall wove its way on top of the surrounding mountains.

This is one of my favorite shots. It was extremely cloudy and rainy that day but just as we got to the wall the clouds cleared somewhat and I snapped this photo.
Emily in front of one of the many guardhouses. Thankfully these guard houses were fairly frequent so we could escape the rain.
That afternoon we headed to Tain'men Square and the Forbidden City.
Of course we had to take a family photo in front of Chairman Mao's portrait.

Me in front of one of the many Gates. The scale of these structures is hard to capture in photos. They are enormous. It's incredible to consider these were built hundreds of years ago with no power tools, or industrial equipment of any kind.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Great photos!