2012 - Tour of China

09-13/08/2012
Our visit to Shanghai, Xi'an, Beijing and Shenzhen in August 2012.
2012-08-09 08.23.15 Morning exercise class in Shanghai.
Morning exercise class in Shanghai.
SPA51332 Entrance to the ornate Jade Buddha Temple, Shanghai.
Entrance to the ornate Jade Buddha Temple, Shanghai.
SPA51341 The magnificent Jade Buddha.
The magnificent Jade Buddha.
2012-08-09 09.04.13 Statues in the Jade Buddha Temple.
Statues in the Jade Buddha Temple.
2012-08-09 10.19.30 Oyster with natural cultured pearl. China is the world's largest producer of cultured pearls
Oyster with natural cultured pearl.
China is the world's largest producer of cultured pearls
SPA51346 The Bund skyline, Shanghai.
The Bund skyline, Shanghai.
SPA51353 Shanghai Maglev Train (SMT). The world's fastest train with a top speed of 431 km/h. It is a magnetic levitation train, where the wheels don't actually touch...
Shanghai Maglev Train (SMT).
The world's fastest train with a top speed of 431 km/h. It is a magnetic levitation train, where the wheels don't actually touch…
2012-08-10 17.13.21 Our welcome at the City Gate, Xi'an.
Our welcome at the City Gate, Xi'an.
2012-08-10 17.15.19 Inside the City Gates, Xi'an. We were treated to an elaborate reception and given a 'golden key' as esteemed guests.
Inside the City Gates, Xi'an.
We were treated to an elaborate reception and given a 'golden key' as esteemed guests.
2012-08-10 17.15.52 Traditional dancers, Xi'an.
Traditional dancers, Xi'an.
SPA51364 Colourful costumes inside the gates of Xi'an.
Colourful costumes inside the gates of Xi'an.
SPA51366 Xi'an city walls. North main gate tower.
Xi'an city walls.
North main gate tower.
2012-08-11 08.52.16 Clay potter creating colourful painted dragons.
Clay potter creating colourful painted dragons.
2012-08-11 08.52.29 Hand-made and hand-painted dragon ornament.
Hand-made and hand-painted dragon ornament.
2012-08-11 08.59.20 Life-size replica terracotta warriors.
Life-size replica terracotta warriors.
2012-08-11 08.59.32 Terracotta Army warriors. These were the replica ones on sale in the shop at the excavation site
Terracotta Army warriors.
These were the replica ones on sale in the shop at the excavation site
SPA51372 Trevor becomes a Terracotta Warrior!
Trevor becomes a Terracotta Warrior!
2012-08-11 11.03.07 Terracotta Warriors, pit 1 of the excavation site.
Terracotta Warriors, pit 1 of the excavation site.
army_pit1_1 Terracotta warriors, including horses.
Terracotta warriors, including horses.
SPA51374 Another view of the Terracotta Warriors in Pit 1.
Another view of the Terracotta Warriors in Pit 1.