Monday, March 30, 2009
We had the opportunity to sample several of the local favourites. We tried "liangpi" (cold noodles in sesame sauce) and "roujiamo" fried beef in pita bread. Our favourite by far was "shibing" (dried persimmons). All of these treats were delicious.
Just beside of the Drum Tower is the Muslim Quarter. This is the home of the Hui People (Chinese Muslims). Evidently Muslims have resided in China since the 7th Century. Here, Joanne and I found the most amazing markets we have ever seen in our lives - amazing!!
Sunday, March 29, 2009
On February 3rd, Joanne and I flew to Xi'an. Xi'an is a walled city and is a beautiful place! It has a lot of history! It also has wonderful architecture! A winter fog made visibility poor at times. Here are some photos of the Bell Tower which is one of Xi'an's famous landmarks.
Friday, March 27, 2009
Cixi became the Dowager Empress during the late Qing Dynasty (1835-1908). Her son, Tongzhi, became Emperor when he was only five year's old. Cixi was apparently more interested in looking after herself than her Empire. One of the items left behind from her days in power is this Marble Boat.
Next, we visited The Summer Palace. The Summer Palace was evidently where Royalty would head during the summer to escape the intense heat of The Forbidden City. This is an absolutely gorgeous place - even in winter! It is located on Kunming Lake which happened to be frozen at the time of our visit.
On February 2nd, we started our day with a shopping trip to a new Mall not far from our hotel. The complex is called The Village. It is a very modern shopping centre. There is a Starbucks in The Village. It also houses high-end Nike, Adidas, Puma, etc. Outlets. Here are a few photos taken at The Village.