A Recent Trip to China took me to Shanghai, Hangzhou, Suzhou, Xi’an, Yichen and Beijing.

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We flew from London via Dubai to Shanghai. A long trip indeed. Arrived in the baking heat and humidity of Shanghai. Took in the sights of Pudong and the Pearl TV Tower. Also walked around the Remin Sqaure and Flower / Animal Market. Took a trip at night down the Nanjing Road, but as a tourist you get hassled a bit to buy all sorts of tat.

Pearl TV Tower

Pearl TV Tower Shanghai

The view from the top of the TV Tower is amazing as you can walk around the outside on a glass panel, if you have the nerve!

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The Yu Yuan gardens and market are great for tourists. We had to visit the world famous dumpling restaurant  for soupy Shanghai Dumplings. Here are the staff making the dumplings. The take away side of the business does really well the queue was huge a mix of local chinese and tourists.

Shanghai Dumplings

Shanghai Dumpling

This lady was on the corner of a busy main road in Shanghai selling her food.

It was late afternoon so people were on their way home so a quick snack could be in order on their way home.

Shanghai Street Food Seller

Shanghai Street Food Seller

A couple of hours on the Chinese Bullet train is Suzhou. The weather was baking hot and humid when we arrived in late August. This could be a really nice place when its cooler in the spring.

This photo is of North Temple Pagoda is one of Suzhou’s less restored and therefore more authentic, temple attractions. Built in the 3rd century, and rebuilt in the Ming Dynasty, North Temple Pagoda (Beisi Ta) towers over modern Suzhou and is a great place to get a fantastic view of the city. The temple is said to be the tallest pagoda south of the Yangtze River.

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One way of getting round in China and especially to beat the heat in Suzhou was the ricksaw, these guys could be a bit to overpowering in their persistence to get you to take a ride.

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After Shanghai we headed to Xi’an which was our base for the trip to the see The Terracotta Army. Firstly we visited the Bell and Drum Towers located centrally in Xi’an. This shot is from the Drum Tower looking down at the bustling Muslim market below.

Xi'an Market

Xi'an Market

As night fell the market in the Muslim Quarter of Xi’an lit up and all sorts of food was on sale, consisting mainly of meat skewers, nuts, and Quail Eggs. Lots of nik-naks to tempt you to spend your Yuan.

The Great Mosque is one place to visit in Xi’an right in middle of the Muslim Quarter

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Great Mosque Xi'an - China

Xi’an has a 7 miles Square City Wall. We hired bikes to ride around. We started just before sunset and ended out loop in darkness, the transition from daylight to darkness was superb, highly recommend if you ever visit. As you can see it was a little smoggy when we visited

The Wall in Xi'an

The City Wall in Xi'an

Xian China City Wall

The Main reason for going to Xi’an is its close proximity to the site of the Terracotta Army.

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We ended up in Beijing which was by far the best place in China.

The Forbidden City was amazing!

Forbidden City

Forbidden City Outside Walls and Moat

Forbidden City

Forbidden City

Forbidden City,  紫禁城, Beijing, China, Gùgōng 故宫

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Coming out of The Forbidden City leads you through the Tiananmen Gate entrance to the Tian’anmen Square  天安门广场, Beijing, China

Tian'anmen Square 天安门广场 China

Tian'anmen Square  天安门广场 China

A boat sailing down Suzhou Street in the Summer Palace.

Summer Palace - Suzhou Street

Summer Palace - Suzhou Street

Hangzhou West Lake,Zhejiang province China 西湖 - Explored!

Chinese Tea Shop, Hangzhou, China

Nanxiang Steamed Bun Restaurant, Shanghai 南翔馒头店

Summer Palace Fake Tilt and Shift

Temple Heaven Beijing