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Beijing in sight
Welcome back. We are so glad to have you as readers and followers of our "Little Blog"!
I've finally unpacked most of all the suitcases that have been laying around. There is still one more to go.
And then of course I'm gonna need to start packing for our trip to China.
Let's go ahead and review some of my Beijing, China itinerary:
First stop - BEIJING
A visit to China would be incomplete without hitting a few of these highlights. Our first will be going to The Forbidden City -
A palace complex located in central Beijing, China. The former Chinese imperial palace from the Ming dynasty to the end of the Qing dynasty (the years 1420 to 1912), it now houses the Palace Museum. The Forbidden City served as the home of emperors and their households as well as the ceremonial and political center of Chinese government for almost 500 years.
Another major sight and one of the "Seven Wonders of the World" happens to be none other than The Great Wall of China -
The Great Wall, one of the greatest wonders of the world, was listed as a World Heritage by UNESCO in 1987. Just like a gigantic dragon, it winds up and down across deserts, grasslands, mountains and plateaus, stretching approximately 21,196 kilometers from east to west of China.
With a history of about 2,700 years, some of the Great Wall sections are now in ruins or have disappeared. However, the Great Wall of China is still one of the most appealing attractions all around the world owing to its architectural grandeur and historical significance. (www.travelchinaguise.com)
Another icon is one with much more current history The Beijing 2008 Olympic Center -
Affectionately known as Bird's Nest, the National Stadium is situated in Olympic Green Village, Chaoyang District of Beijing City. Designed as the main stadium of 2008 Beijing Summer Olympic Games.
Since October 2008, after the Olympics ended, it has been opened as a tourist attraction.
If you are a fan of the Olympic Games than you already know that in 2022, both the opening and closing ceremonies of the 24th Winter Olympic Games will be held here.
Making Beijing the first city to win the right to host both the Summer and the Winter Olympic Games!
On top of the major hitters in Beijing we will also be visiting one of the largest Jade Exhibits in all of Asia and a Cloisonne Factory.
An Ancient Technique, in Yuan Dynasty, Yunnan Province was influenced by Islamism.
Cloisonne technique first appeared at that time. We found a few items of cloisonne from period of Ming Emperor Yongle but the formal launch of cloisonne technique dates back to the reign of next emperor. The objects were only used for temples and palaces at that time. Indeed, the flamboyant splendor created by cloisonne was considered appropriate to the function of sacred places. The technique was mainly used in creating vases, jewelry and other decorative objects. After welding on a piece of copper and inlaid with colored enamels, then you could get a pattern as you imagine.
Cloisonne is an ancient technique mainly used in metalwork decoration and antiquity. Chinese cloisonne is the most famous enamel cloisonne around the word. The artisanal cloisonné factory with long history of two thousand years! (www.ChinaEscapade.com)
So much to look forward to on our first visit to China!
I'll be revealing more of my itinerary in the coming days.
For now I'm gonna tackle this Thursday with all I got! LOL
Catch you guys back here tomorrow,