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Modern China. July,2004 NCTA Study Tour. Aerial view of the Forbidden City. The Imperial Summer Palace. Beijing license plate. Chinese graffiti on the Great Wall. Note the air quality issues !. A night shopping area in Beijing. Wanfujing – a pedestrian area. A very busy night spot.

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Modern China

July,2004

NCTA Study Tour


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Aerial view of the Forbidden City


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The Imperial Summer Palace


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Beijing license plate


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Chinese graffiti on the Great Wall


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Note the air quality issues !


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A night shopping area in Beijing


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Wanfujing – a pedestrian area


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A very busy night spot.


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Mao Zedong’s portrait


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Hutong Tour in Beijing


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The Chinese government is busy removing Hutong’s before the Summer 2008 Olympics come to Beijing. They are going to be a way of life from the past. They are crowded but offered a unique type of urban life.


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Hutong bedroom


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Small streets and houses


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A memorial to Red Guards in the Hutong neighborhood


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Narrow streets & rainy weather


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Hutong area from above


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Beijing Drum Tower


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Climbing up to the tower area.


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Drums told the time for half the day.


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Drums


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Small houses without sanitation.


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A pedicab we took on a tour of the Hutongs.


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Prince Gong’s Mansion


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Prince Gong was a bureaucrat who built several lovely homes for himself. Eventually he was charged, tried and executed for dishonesty.


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Lovely painting under the roof


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His fish pond and pavilion


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The tea room area .


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A restaurant with Qing greeters


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A throne fit for an emperor


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How a lady would have traveled.


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A lovely picnic spot.


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Beauty all around you.


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A lily


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Typical appetizers .


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Dumplings shaped like many things. What you select tells something about you.


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Our sleeper car to X’ian


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Our Qing hostess


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Terrace Farming from the train to X’ian


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Chang’an, the start of the Silk Roads


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A walled city with an existing moat. Notice the air quality!


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A coal fired electric plant


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More than 1 million people live in caves because they are energy efficient.


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Old & new. Everywhere you look there are construction cranes !


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This is a memorial for the dead.


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A large display of some Chinese gods


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Chengdu, western China


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Even in western China !


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A busy street in Chengdu


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A rural home outside Chengdu


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Farmers going home across a board walkway


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A pre-school in Chengdu


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Nanjing license plate


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YANGTZE River Bridgecapitalism meets communism


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A shipyard on the Yangtze


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Lots of river traffic


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Construction everywhere


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Few cars but this is changing fast !


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Small & narrow streets


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Nanjing street scene


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The Grand Canal from the train.


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Shanghai


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The Chinese government is working hard to make Shanghai the financial center of all of Asia. They have spent a lot of money and time meticulously planning every aspect of its development at their Urban Planning Center. All housing, arterial roads, business areas, sports centers are placed carefully on a huge map .It was incredible to see their plan being built and well into construction.


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Shanghai Urban Planning Centre


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Origin of the Chinese Communist Party


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Deng Xiaoping


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You can find Starbucks everywhere.


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Bamboo scaffolding


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Drying laundry


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Jin Mao Tower


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We spent about 1 ½ hours talking to an architect involved in building Jin Mao Tower. The design comes from a Chinese pagoda. Feng Shui was incorporated into the design and landscaping. It is one of the 10 tallest buildings on Earth.


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Inside Jin Mao Tower


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The ladies room mirrors


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View from the observation deck of Jin Mao Tower.


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Shanghai license plate


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Typical apartments


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Notice the air quality !


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A typical small store


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Ads are universal


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Pepsi in the south


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Regular transportation


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The old and the new


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The river in smog


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Hong Kong


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Actual blue sky !!!


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Hong Kong by sunset light


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I traveled across China for 3 weeks, visiting 9 cities. There were very few bright and sunny days. The air quality across China was generally poor except right after a heavy rain when the air was washed clean of all the smog. I was grateful for the rain so I could breathe more easily.


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