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Here we have a great treat for you thanks to Ray and Rose. They travelled to China on a 28 Day Travelbay Tailor Made Tour in August 2018. Ray and Rose had a wonderful time (as did we hearing about it all) and have generously shared their fabulous photos with us all. Enjoy a look at China through their eyes:
It was a fantastic holiday, China is an incredible country. We will definitely go back. I can definitely recommend those “less known” areas of China. We were the only Westerners there most of the time. Naturally we drew quite a few looks from the locals. The ones who could, often tried to speak to us, mainly kids or younger adults.
Nanjing Road Shanghai, one of the main shopping and dining areas in Shanghai. At night this area comes alive with people!
People’s Park, Shanghai. One of the many parks in this beautiful city of 25 million people.
The Bund, Shanghai. The light show at night is not to be missed, however you will be joined by literally thousands of other tourists and locals.
The Bund is one of the most popular areas in Shanghai for wedding photos. Brides mostly wear Red in China for good luck.
Cable Car up Mt Huangshan (Yellow Mountains). Whilst not on the regular tourist trail, the Yellow Mountains are truly spectacular.
Exquisite views, Yellow Mountains
In the clouds, Yellow Mountains
Lookout, Yellow Mountains
In the mist, Yellow Mountains
Many stairs, Yellow Mountains. Once again, you need a decent level of fitness to do the mountain justice.
Glass Walkway around Tianmen Mountain, Zhangjiajie. A must do bucket list item, if you're game.
Tianmen Cave on Heavenly Gate Mountain, Zhangjiajie. Although you can’t see them, this cave is accessed from the top or bottom by huge escalators, inside the mountain!! Another incredible feat of engineering.
Walkway around Tianmen Mountains at Zhangjiajie and the worlds longest cable car (7.5km) up to Tianmen Mountains
Waterfall near Baofeng Lake, Zhangjiajie. Very beautiful.
Looking down onto our ship, the Victoria Katarina at Yichang, prior to boarding for our Yangtze River Cruise.
Cable Cars to and from the ship at Yichang. Beats walking up the stairs.
We did several tours ashore whilst on the cruise, this one was to the Village of the Tribe of the Three Gorges Dam. Here we saw a re-enactment of what life was life before the Dam was built.
More of the Tribe of Three Gorges Dam
Overlooking the Three Gorges Dam ship locks. It takes 4 hours each way for ships to pass through the 5 stage locks.
Looking down on the dam itself at Three Gorges Dam. An incredible feat of engineering, 32 generators @ 700 megawatts each. The dam changed the life of millions of people, not only did it displace 1.5 million people, but it created employment and changed the whole of China in 30 years.
Big Buddha, Leshan. On the confluence of the Minjiang, Dadu and Qingyi rivers, it stands 71 metres high.
Giant Panda’s Chengdu, beautiful animals but surrounded by people (tourists)
Red Panda’s Chengdu
Li River Cruise from Guilin to Yangshuo. A 5 star vessel, fantastic cruise through undoubtedly the prettiest part of China.
Li River Cruise
Bamboo Rafts at Yangshuo. Whilst we did not do this particular cruise, we did do a bike ride around the district. Absolutely beautiful, well worth the effort.
Streets of Yangshuo. Another beautiful village at the end of the Li River Cruise.
Cormorant Fishermen, Yangshuo. Sadly not many of these fishermen left now. Best seen early morning on their return home from a nights fishing.
Countryside around Yangshuo. This is definitely some of the prettiest country in China.
Early morning exercise and dancing in the streets of Guilin.
Trail back down the Terraced rice fields at Ping’An Zhuang near Longshen (around an hours drive from Guilin)
Overlooking the village of Ping’An Zhuang from The Dragons Backbone
Overlooking the village of Ping’An Zhuang Village. This is some of the most beautiful views in the whole of China, but the walk up the mountain is not for the infirm. I was going to say elderly, but Chinese in their 80’s seem to do it effortlessly.
Reed Flute Cave, Guilin. This is an incredible experience, I’ve been in quite a few caves, but this is one of the best.
Old City Wall, Xian - South Gate. At night this is beautifully lit in ever changing colours. Not to be missed. Along with the Bell and Drum Towers.
No 1 Hall at the Terracotta Warriors.
No 2 Hall Terracotta Warriors. Not as big as Number 1 hall but contains some great examples of the workmanship.
Model of Terracotta Archer statue and Emperors carriage
Longmen Grottoes, Luoyang. This is not on the regular tourist route, but as a UNESCO world heritage site, it is well worth the trip. Truly stunning.
Longmen Grottoes, Luoyang. It took 1000 monks, 37 years to construct these Grottos, spanning 3 Dynasty’s, The Wei, The Sui and The Tang.
Ray and Rose on the Great Wall. What an absolutely fantastic structure.
Inside the Forbidden City, Beijing. Another incredible place, built between 1406 and 1420 and Home to 24 Emperors and their families.