A few pictures from my trip to China
Ray & I ate at a bakery in a HUGE MEGA shopping
district called Wang Fu Jing,
and as you can see, there was a Starbucks behind us.
(McDonald's and KFC are also extremely popular in Beijing)
Ray after pasteries in Huge Mega Shopping Mall
Huge Mega Shopping Mall goes up several stories. There
were hundreds and hundreds of high-priced stores,
but most people living in Beijing like to shop at the
Silk Market where all of the name brands made in China
(Polo, Lacoste, Coach, Louis Vuitton, etc. are all
sold for a small fraction of what you would pay in the USA).
Outside in the rain at Wang Fu Jing. If you look back
to some of my sunny pictures, you will see that
everyone not only uses umbrellas to shield themselves
from the rain,
but they also use umbrellas to shield themselves from
Yuck - just kidding!
Yum! Seahorse and Scorpion Kabobs!
(The Scorpions were alive on these kabobs! I am assuming
the Seahorses were already dead)
Chinese Darlene! China Fashion Runways, here I come!
(A vendor inside the Silk Market)
Yong He Gong Lama Temple
Lama Temple (notice the animals on top of the tiled
roofs for protection)
A Chinese Protector God
Wishing Well at Lama Temple
A Prayer Wheel at Lama Temple. There are thousands
of prayers written on pieces of paper within the prayer wheel.
Darlene spinning a prayer wheel at Lama Temple to release
the prayers contained inside
The intracacies of the sculptures throughout The Forbidden
City and Lama temple were stunning.
A local outside market by the apartment where Ray &
I have been staying in Beijing
A fruit from Southeast Asia - Dragon Tongue
Vivi & Ray buying peaches
Ray & Vivi buying mangos
A local farm area across from the outside market. Farmers
actually live in the houses you see in the picture.
The pathway from the market back to the apartment.
It is a marriage of poverty and wealth. Allegedly,
there is not much crime in China.
There are areas of extreme wealth and extreme poverty,
but even the poorest areas are very safe.
Photos from Beijing, China (part