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Walking in the Steps of Emperors

In Vacation on November 21, 2011 by triotriotrio Tagged:

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Beijing is overwhelming. Beijing is difficult. Beijing is a place that should not be missed.

Our recent trip to Beijing was more like going to the doctor’s office than taking a vacation. No one can deny that China in the 21st century will make a global mark. China is here and now. And Beijing as the capital of this nation sits in the middle of all its past and all of its future.

For a Western to step in to this environment was a little overwhelming, scary and confusing. But it was also exciting and rewarding. One week in Beijing has not necessarily changed me but it has forever placed into context this great unknown and the possibilities and fears of the future.

We for the most part stuck to the well-worn paths of travelers before us. We saw Tiananmen Square, gazed upon the portrait of Mao, climbed the Great Wall, and enjoyed the Emperor’s homes at the Forbidden City and the Summer Palace.

But by far the greatest experience was simply being here in China’s capital. To see the progress that has been made over the past years and hope for the reforms that will make this a great nation. It is a new dynasty for China. And it was great to walk through this city and be a part of this new generation.

Forbidden City Beijing
Mao at Tiananmen Gate
Forbidden City
Summer Palace
Great Wall of China

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One Response to “Walking in the Steps of Emperors”

  1. LOL ~ the three of you in picture # 1 look so real they just might keep you there and put you on display in the palace.

    Sounds like you’re having lots of fun. Surprised that the Great Wall wasn’t more crowded when you visited. You should have been in your Royal atire and then everyone would have been bowing before you.

    Continue to enjoy. I don’t imagine they celebrate Thanksgiving in China – will you?

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